Peshawar, Ta. 28
Representatives of the Hindu community living in Pakistan called on the government to implement the Hindu Marriage and Divorce Act. Although the bill was approved in 2012, it is yet to be implemented.
There are about 3 lakh Hindus in Pakistan, which is about 2% of the total population. Following the long-standing demands of these Hindus, the Pakistani government passed the Hindu Marriage and Divorce Act in 2014 with the support of the governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Punjab provinces.
Although the central government of Pakistan has asked to implement the bill, the local governments have not implemented it. It is stopped for various reasons.
The Hindu members of the Minorities Commission have finally approached the government to implement the law. Many Hindu women are deprived of their basic divorce rights due to lack of legal protection. A delegation of Hindu society led by Hindu scholar Haroon Sarab Dayal met the Law Minister of Pakistan and appealed to these members to implement the Marriage Act.
Hindu leaders had told the government that due to lack of law, many Hindu women do not get the benefits of human rights. Divorce is not easy despite physical and mental abuse. In addition, a separate marriage law is required.
The arrested minister had said that the representation of the Hindu community would be accepted in the coming days.