Pakistan: President promulgates Hindu Marriage Bill into law

In Pakistan, President Mamnoon Hussain promulgated the Hindu Marriage bill into law on Sunday. The Act will protect Hindu marriages and family rights.
The President signed the bill on the advice of the Prime Minister. Radio Pakistan reports, the legislation prohibits the marriage of minors and prescribes a minimum age of 18-years for contracting marriage in addition to protecting the customs and customary rites of the Hindu community.

It also introduces the concept of judicial separation. Moreover, the legitimacy of children born out of void and voidable Hindu marriages has also been protected under the bill. Hindu women will also be now able to get documentary proof of their marriage.

Earlier this month, the National Assembly had passed the Hindu Marriage Bill 2016, after amendments made by the Senate, to regulate marriages of Hindus in Pakistan.