Does Pakistan’s Hindu Marriage Bill really addresses issues faced by Hindu minorities?


 Quick Summary:

  • Non-Muslims, especially Hindus in Pakistan had previously faced various problems, including kidnapping and forcible conversions of Hindu girls, as there was no legislation recognizing their marriage.
  • The new Hindu Marriage Bill, though legalizes Hindu marriages, it does not help in stopping forcible conversions. Instead, some of its clauses encourages conversions. Thus, Hindu grievances remains unaddressed.

Hindu Marriage Bill was a need and Hindus wanted it to be passed but it was neglected for ages. Due to lack of legislation for non-Muslims, they have been facing problems. Hindu and Christian girls have been kidnapped and forcibly converted to another religion (Islam) which is a serious problem in Pakistan. In Sindh, forced conversion…