The Ministry of Human Rights has chosen to forward the Christian Marriage and Divorce Bill 2017 to the law ministry to be verified, before it is sent to the cabinet. While Hindu Marriage Act, 2017 will be implemented at provincial level.
The decision was made by Human Rights Minister Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar after a meeting with a delegation of Hindu and Christian community representatives.
Barrister Usman Jamali, Minister of State for Human Rights, who likewise attended the Meeting, read out a few complaints and changes proposed by Christians that the ministry has received.
Members in the meeting consistently concurred that the Christian Divorce Act 1869 and the Christian Marriage Act 1870 should be revised and overhauled.
The delegation is composed of a Christian cleric, legal counselors, academics and civil society members, who recommended that the bill’s provisions should be in accordance with the Bible.
They requested Christian marriage laws to be executed at the common level, and the priest and state serve concurred that resolutions from the regions would be tried to guarantee that uniform laws are actualized the nation over.
The minister was told by the delegation members that the draft Marriage and Divorce Bill has been finalized after a consensus among all segments of the Christian community, including churches of all the mainstream denominations.
The bill was settled after a few rounds of dialogs among different fragments of the Christian community and caters to current needs.
There are different lacunae in the 1870 act, including a provision that says a marriage must be solemnized before dusk, and different issues that have turned out to be repetitive with time. According to the draft which raises the marriageable age for the bride and groom from 16 to 18 years.
Moreover Mr Jamali said the ministry will forward the bill to the law ministry to be screened. Mr Tarar said the ministry would take after the procedure until the point that the draft charge is affirmed by the National Assembly.