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KPK legislation bans dowry

Faryal Nadeem Mar 03, 2017
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Isn`t it the great news that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has passed legislation on this Thursday. The law states that the bride’s relatives and family members will not make any dowry payments to the groom family. The law explicitly restricts the value of gifts given by the bride to the family members, parents, and other person. It is stated illegal for anyone from the groom’s family as well. If anyone does not anyone follows the law, they will be liable to a two-month prison term with a fine of Rs 300,000 or both.

The title of the law is The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dowry, Bridal Gift and Marriage Functions Restriction Act 2017. The total expenditure spent on marriages includes Valima and Baraat, which must not exceed than Rs. 75,000.  However, ceremonies like, nikah, Mehndi, Baraat, and Valima must be concluded before 10 PM.

The law strictly restricts the one dish banquet on Valima which will include rice, sweet and gravy. The family celebrating Baraat or nikah or organizing the ceremony will not serve or allow anyone to meals, beverages, and other edibles.

Any person who does not obey the law or fails to comply, then he has to pay a penalty of Rs 200000 or imprisonment will exceed to two months. The bill is tabled by Jamaat-e-Islami Rashda Riffat who is adopted by the House. Services of at least 3000 employees were appointed for irrigation and health departments after the adoption of two separate laws proposed by PPP lawmaker Sardar Fakhar Azam Khan.

The assembly also told that the resolution would include chapters on the life of humanitarian and charity founder Abdul Sattar Edhi in textbooks were taught in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


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