Hindus living in Pakistan do not have any marriage law A leading daily said on Friday, noting that this “legal vacuum naturally creates a multitude of issues for Pakistani Hindus, especially the women”.
Many politicians are quick to issue public statements about the rights of minorities in Pakistan, when it comes to taking practical steps to secure these rights, there is very little to show said an editorial “Hindu marriage bill” in Dawn on Friday.
“At the current time, there is no marriage law for the millions of Hindus living in Pakistan. This legal vacuum naturally creates a multitude of issues for Pakistani Hindus, especially the women of the community,” said the daily.
Hindu women have to face problems in proving their relation widows are particularly disadvantaged .forced conversions are also facilitated by the lack of documentation of Hindu marriages was said by some experts
Many of such points were raised at a seminar in Islamabad on Wednesday by the chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice which is supposed to approve the Hindu marriage bill to be tabled in the house he was unable to convince the committee to give the green signal at a meeting on the same day.
The Supreme Court has ordered the state to enact the law, (but) lawmakers have failed to do so. The requisite resolutions passed by Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but the Sindh and Punjab assemblies have not yet done so.If the parties leading the Sindh and Punjab governments are serious about their commitment to minority rights, they should pass the resolutions without further delay in order to do away with the hurdles in the way of a Hindu marriage law.
“Sindh should show particular alacrity, as most of Pakistan’s Hindus reside in this province. Failure to take timely action and pass the law will only compound this decades-old injustice and expose our leaders’ claims of respecting minority rights as hollow,” it added