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Divorced, Widowed Hindu Women In Pakistan’s Sindh Granted Right To Remarry

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| May 28 , 2018 , 14:27 IST

Pakistan’s Sindh province has passed a bill which grants divorced or widowed women from minority communities in Sindh the right to remarry six months after separation or demise of husband.

The Sindh Hindu Marriage Amendment Bill, 2018, which was passed on Friday in provincial assembly allows women in strained marriages to file for separation. It allows men and women to make a mutual decision on separation. The bill also states that, in case of separation, the man will have to provide for the children.

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Before the amendment of the bill, re-marriage was not legally allowed to divorced or widowed women from minority communities in Sindh.

According to the amended law, bigamy is prohibited, that is a person cannot get married for the second time while their first spouse still lives with them. Moreover, the minimum age for bride and groom should be 18 years.

It also includes that anyone marrying without informing or by lying to their spouse would be sentenced to a six-month jail term or a fine of Rs 5,000 or both.

The procedure and conditions for marriages in the minority communities, providing them with legal cover is also specified in The Sindh Hindus Marriage Bill, 2016.