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To cease the Minority Rights, Pakistan is not passing Hindu Marriage Bill.

Hindu Marraige Bill in Pakistan

To cease the Minority Rights, Pakistan is not passing Hindu Marriage Bill. Why should we allow Muslim minority rights in India?

Why is Pakistan Afraid of Passing the Hindu Marriage Bill?

Hamza Ameer | The Quint | July 14, 2015::  Pakistan’s government does endorse minorities as nationals, but its Constitution has no mechanism in place to regulate the birth and marriage registration of the minorities.

Pakistani Hindus have been among the worst sufferers of this non-regulation. They have been subjected to exploitation, neglect, and non-acceptance by hardliner groups, which has led to terrible incidents such as, kidnapping, rape and forced religious conversions and marriages of women belonging to the Hindu community.

Hindu Marriage Bill Awaits Consent

After three failed attempts during 2008, 2011 and 2012; Pakistan’s government is ready to float the idea again in its Parliament. The Hindu Marriage bill, moved previously, is awaiting consent from the members of the National Assembly before it can be imposed as a constitutional law.

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights headed by Chaudhry Muhammad Bashir Virk will be reviewing the bill, presented last year by Dr. Darshan of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) and Ramesh Lal of Pakistan People Party (PPP).

Bill’s Fate Hangs in The Balance

*  Hindu Marriage Bill to face Pakistan Parliament’s scrutiny after failing the test in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

**  Inheritance and adoption for Hindus in Pakistan are complicated processes due to the absence of a legal document.

*** The Bill awaits approval from the Pak government, which fears a backlash from conservative Muslim clerics.

The Hindu Marriage Bill aims to establish rules and regulations required to regulate birth, marriage and divorce of Hindu Pakistanis.

Currently, the Hindu minorities in Pakistan have no legal proof of their marriage which means that the Hindu Pakistanis cannot prove their marital status at home or abroad.

Further, Hindu women face problems even in claiming the body of their deceased husbands. Inheritance, adoption and other marriage-related issues also become complicated as there is no legal document or marriage certificate to identify the wife or the children as legal heirs.

A large section of the Hindu community, particularly women, does not have basic documentation to prove their marital status or identity. They are also deprived of legal rights such as inheritance, remarriage, separation, adoption of children and annulment of marriage. This legislation will institutionalize marriage and marriage-related legal rights thereof. This act is applicable to every person who is Hindu by his or her religion in any of its forms

– ‘Statement of Objects and Reasons’ (attached to the Bill)

The draft of the Bill, accessed by The Quint, also suggests the appointment of government registrars to maintain records of marriages and divorces of Hindu Pakistanis.

Hindu Adoption in Pakistan

Why Is the Bill Stuck?

Dr. Ramesh Kumar, chairperson of the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) and a member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, has expressed serious concern over the government’s reluctance towards approving the Hindu Marriage Act 2014. Hindu Muslims, have at times, approached non-government religious bodies like Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), which represents at least 20 religious Muslims sects, for support to counter clerical opposition to the Hindu marriage laws, especially against forced marriages of Hindu women.

The legal ground and the crying social need for this Bill to be enacted are clear, but analysts believe Pakistan’s Parliament fears opposition from conservative Muslims, specially influential clerics, in Punjab and Sindh provinces.

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The majority of Pakistan’s Hindus live in Sindh. But Sindh’s provincial government has been particularly slow and reluctant to address the approval or review of the Hindu Marriage Bill.

No Rights

Sindh also has the highest rate of forced religious conversion of Hindu women to Islam. Analysts say the root cause of such conversions is the absence of legal cover, which is then exploited by conservative vested interests.

While the hopes of seeing “Hindu Marriage Act 2014” and “Hindu Marriage Bill” being approved by the Pakistani Parliament are very bleak; this remains the only way forward. Without these legal guarantees, the security, rights and identity of Hindu Pakistanis, who constitute 1.6 per cent of the country’s population, remain under threat.

(Writer is a broadcast journalist based in Islamabad)

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3 comments on “To cease the Minority Rights, Pakistan is not passing Hindu Marriage Bill.

  1. Anand, USA
    July 17, 2015

    Modi Government must bring a Bill into Parliament that all Pakistani/Bangladeshi/Sri Lankan Hindus after verifications of their identity can migrate to into India legally to permanently settle in India for good. Hindu’s must wake up and take charge of their brotherens living in theses countries under constant threat and must embrace them the moment they put their foot on Indian soil. Jai Hind.

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    • uttam
      July 18, 2015

      100% rightly said. But, anti Hindu parties in India will not allow because they want to turn India into another Pakistan . They have changed population of India like voter Id card given 5 crore illegal Bangladeshi Muslim’s in Bengal & Assam. From Kerala to Kashmir. UP & Bihar already depends on Muslim vote.
      They divided Hindu votes in India.
      Pakistan & China are not the big threats to India.
      Only Vote Bank politics is destroying india and a bigger threat.
      WHAT MISTAKE WE DID IN PAST &DOING AT PRESENT?
      Answer : Hindu people’s are divided. We need to reduce difference among Brahmins, Rajpoots, Yadav, Banias and Dalits.
      1)At first Hindus need to unite.
      2) make strong govt in parliament that have 75% votes (Muslim’s population is 20% ).
      3) stop giving special status to Kashmir.
      4) stop reservation to religion or caste. Give to needy people not greedy people’s.

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  2. Hindu
    February 19, 2016

    hindus shame on you wake up before it is too late

    1. complete unity among hindus (dalits , rajput , kshatriya , brahmin , vishnu-bhakts , shiv-bhakts and so on) YOU ARE HINDUS !!!! YOU USED TO BE THE MOST RESPECTED & MOST WEALTHY IN THE WHOLE WORLD !!!!

    2. again abolish all castes in hinduism we all are ONE & we will strive to be the best !!! when we ask nepal to become a state in India & enjoy a bigger nation while continue being nepalis , they start crying like babies…….DON’T LET THE UNITY OF HINDUS IN GUTTERS !!!

    3. BRING UNIFORM CIVIL CODE -this means one law for everyone & no special laws like muslims can marry 4 wives produce 10 children & then INDIA CRIES POVERTY POPULATION UNEMPLOYMENT & CRIME all this is due to those beggar-like muslim cockroaches in our country……if they make more than 2 children take VERY STRICT MEASURES LIKE CHINA

    4. Open gates for brutually suppressed pakistani bangladeshi hindus & kick illegal refugees out who are feeding on india’s taxpayers money…..A HINDU OF ANY NATION IS A HINDU BROTHER !!!

    5. VOTE FOR BJP RSS ONLY – DISBAND CONGRESS IN INDIA – they are the worst anti-nationals who play vote-bank politics & try to appease minorities …….i m just sick of it……

    hindus wake up – muslim population is 16 % when they are in minority they talk peace & love & when they get majority they talk PAKISTAN STYLE –

    AND IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO SUFFER BY HANDS OF MOSLEMS LIKE PAKISTAANI HINDUS…….THEN KEEP SLEEPING

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