The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights headed by Chaudhry Muhammad Bashir Virk is set to review a private member bill, namely Hindu Marriage Act 2014, jointly moved last year by Ramesh Lal of PPP and Dr Darshan of PML-N and a similar government bill that had been tabled by Law Minister Pervaiz Rashid in March, this year, Dawn online reported.
Absence of marriage law shows how Hindus have been marginalised in Pakistan.
Both the bills will establish rules and regulation for registration of marriage and divorce for Hindu people living in Pakistan. Due to absence of such a law, Pakistani Hindus do not even have a legal document as proof of their marriage.
The legislation responds to a growing demand from Hindu Pakistanis and civil society organisations working for minority rights for rules and regulation to oversee Hindu marriages and divorce.