Marriage bill passed to protect Hindu women’s rights by Pakistani assembly


PAKISTAN’S lower house of parliament has passed a landmark bill giving its small Hindu minority the right to register marriages, the last major hurdle on the way to enacting a law aimed at protecting women’s rights. Activists say that Hindu women in Pakistan have been disproportionately targeted for abduction, forced conversions and rape because their marriages were never officially recognised and therefore not provable in court. The National Assembly passed the bill on Monday after 10 months of deliberation. The Senate is expected to pass the law without any significant delay. Hindus make up approximately 1.6 percent of Pakistan’s Muslim-majority…

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