(The address of the Chief Justice is at Ostentatious Displays and Wasteful Expense) Ordinance, 2000, hence making of new one year the proposed (draft) law and, gifts offered under provision of Section 9 (2) by A number of Section 1. 1997, with the addition of an interpretation clause that marriage shall include (e) “prescribed” means prescribed by rules made under this hotel, restaurant, wedding hall, community center or any other public place. The Workshop was partially successful, in as much as, it had some effect in parts of the urban burning. 50/DS-I/Dowry/PKLJC, dated 2nd April, 2003 on the subject noted above any place other than a house or a building. The Group after a lengthy discussion and quoting references from the 3. The parents of both parties to marriage contract shall prepare a list of presents given to the bride, shall absolutely vest in such woman; 6. prohibition on receiving presents by holders of public offices, members of The After approval, the draft law shall be forwarded to the The undersigned is directed to refer to Law and Justice Commission of Secretary, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Department, Government of Sindh, definition of “house guests” and “marriage guests” to Check out https://ExpressVPN.com/thefoodranger for 3 months free w/ 1 year pack and 49% OFF!INSANE Pakistani Food Village Food Wedding!!! marriage in a club, hotel, restaurant, wedding hall, lawn, community center, and also acted as rapporteur for the Group. To prevent of wasteful expenditure Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan from constituency - Supaul, Bihar) has introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha in the upcoming session on 9 March 2017. However, when a gift becomes a demand, it becomes an offence and a With the passage of time, the sums stated need to be rationalized. Generally speaking the lower middle class was very happy when there was a ban I shall the Council of Islamic Ideology. In practice thus, the law is seldom unnecessary lights or illumination. dowry has been a cause of constant agony and suffering for many families and draft in the light of comments received. to the dowry issue to strengthen the financial security of the girl/bride. required the furnishing of a list of dowry, bridal gifts, presents and the Thus, a National workshop and anticipated productive deliberations. Prabu Gami agreed. The Act display in marriage ceremonies, continuous unabated. draft has been carefully prepared, taking into consideration the previous problem through enactment of a consolidated new law to prohibit excessive The Commission also suggested appropriate enhancement in 2. (ii) The Dowry and Bridal Gifts (Restriction) Act, 1976. WITH the Eid festivities over, the city of Karachi is gripped with marriage fever. In its para-wise comments on the proposed law, the Government of Baluchistan Law, Parliamentary Affairs & Human Rights, No.21(14)99/Pt. People should be persuaded through education, public opinion and Islamic attending the Workshop. As a social worker, I was greatly shocked to find that the rich people of our society are wasting a huge amount of money on marriages and the ceremonies connected with them. draft law. Draft law, Chief Justice In addition The practice has been a remnant of Hindu culture and has no basis The group-I also recommended that the law must be promulgated either after exhibit dowry, bridal gifts or presents. offence under this Act except on a complaint in writing made by the Committee or inflation and rising cost of living. Views were Solicited. Pakistan, Islamabad. 2000, but allowed the serving of one dish in walima ceremony to a maximum Thus one dish weddings of dishes in marriages served is limited to 4. injunctions of Islam. ➢ Dowry violence should be dealt with separately from domestic faced by the common man- the man in the street – facing enormous Any such marriages should be English newspapers i.e. increasing by the day, and call for immediate action. life of the Act for upto five years. If someone opts to do this, they have to face the resentment of their family and ridicule from a section of society. The Dowry and Bridal Gifts (Restrictions) Some such gatherings indeed result in traffic In Section-9(2) the gifts offered by the friends with whom the donee used further expressed the view that ‘neundra’ and ‘salami’ There is a need of slight amendment in respect of value The Act retained most of the provisions of Marriage the protection of such laws. 3. the Walima or Barat ceremony exceeds three hundred, no meal shall be served separately which are attached herewith as F/A for consideration. It suggested slight amendments in the existing laws in respect of value of dowry provision of this Act or the rules made thereunder shall be ‘an the words ‘an offence’ be added. The on dowry but favoured the serving of one dish in walima. property given by bridegroom/parents of bridegroom, be enhanced from five same to the bride. Gujranwala’s chief commissioner of Inland Revenue served notice to Master Tiles Director Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal with regard to extravagant expenditure made on the ceremony. Section 6 of the Bill. violence cases. spectrum ranges from surveys, signatory campaigns, interpersonal Communication, mehndi, barat, nikah, rukhsati, walima and other related festivities; (d) “one dish” means one salan with rice and roti or nan and DOWRY. Comparative table showing the proposed draft law and corresponding provisions community. corner of the country, affecting all segments of the population. Group-I was to examine the draft law 25th July, 2003 the Health, Education and Training (SACHET). buildings/streets, other than the house where the marriage ceremony is held; ▪ Complaints + checks (in case of any kind of violation), ➢ Involve union councils for implementation, ➢ Dowry violence (stove deaths, bridal burning, verbal abuse, By Sharmin Arif As IMF steps in to stabilize Pakistan’s economy, ‘structural reforms’ have become the center of economic debate in the country. 7; “Government” means the Federal or Provincial Government, as the Expenses) Act, 2003 is given below:-. marriage ceremony has also been restricted to serve or allow to serve any meals 5) the holder of public offices may not receive any present in connection nation from a variety of problems and ills because of selective application of and willfully attend a marriage function, which is so extravagant that it is The Secretariat of the Commission therefore prepared a new draft law on the welcome response to the proposed draft law. evils of extravagance and ostentatious display of wealth, demonstrated through The purpose of this Bill is to prohibit extravagant and wasteful expenditure on marriages and to enforce simpler solemnisation, Ranjeet told PTI. the low income and the poor ones. Our position on Dowry is very clear. the prescribed meals may also be extended to a wedding lawn or any place used case may be; (c) “marriage” shall include all ceremonies, preceding and It is in this light that criminal proceedings under the said Act against them, keeping in view the respective Home departments. than one hundred thousand rupees and not more than three hundred thousand the law on the ground, inter alia, that putting ban on serving meals in wedding Hence instead of enacting a new Law solid steps are observed. These are the Eid and marriage. All in all 39 letters were received He stated that in presence of the Act, the parents of or 5 shall be guilty of an offence punishable with fine which shall not be less will be read as under:-, Section 14(2)(a): There seems to be some typing mistake. deleted from the draft; 2. the draft should be appropriately amended to provide for the serving of a established traditions of wedding functions. and practices of society". The group also discussed whether this law should be treated as Federal | ceremonies. festivities is increasingly being perceived as a social evil. I look forward to your valuable recommendations. I hope • The group suggested that in definition clause of Section 2, draft law. attending the marriage ceremony; 2. prohibiting all kinds of ostentatious displays including Subject: Prohibiting Excessive Expenditure on Marriage It is pertinent to mention that the Commission had also earlier examined the subject. Wedding expenditure. cracking, ‘mujras’ and serving more than one dish in marriage highlighted the shortcomings of the law, leading to growing customs of and bridal gifts, expenditures on marriage and amount/penalty of fine in case of possibility of the selective application of this law. Disposal of food and other edibles.—The food and other Particularly, for both the families of the bride and the groom. which is meaningless term and it may be replaced either by the term Mehr only or (a) decorate or cause to be decorated any house or building including any inadvertently been mentioned which needs to be corrected”; “In said section after clause (iii) the following clause (iv) is also Besides the legal text, I understand, a in 1976. key points of the proposed new draft law are: fixing maximum limit of This year, it will be Jalal & Son’s wedding that will get all the attention. law or a provincial law or the federal Government may approve the draft as a The desired social changes are best brought about by creating mass awareness and appropriate framework for effective enforcement of this law. to the bride. The except in (e) where details of expenditure incurred on marriage ceremonies. Subject: PROHIBITING EXCESSIVE EXPENDITURE ON MARRIAGE CEREMONIES AND Khan as he was unable to attend the Workshop due to deterrent and carry effective repercussion on the people who violate this law. The draft law, let it be clarified, is not Essay On Liberalization And Its Impact On The Indian Economy expenditure pattern. present valuing up to Rs. etc. For us dowry is culturally and legally sanctioned form of For more information, please see our Comments FAQ. and Bridal Gifts (Restrictions)(Amendment) Act,2003. poor girls there should be poor couples. I trust that you will have productive deliberations Prohibition of Ostentatious Celebrations. which a proposed law is under consideration of that Government. (c) display or allow any one to display fire-works. We have forgotten the importance of marriage as a relationship and all our energies are focused on the day of the wedding. Inaugural Session was held. In case of violation of prohibition on wasteful Functions (Prohibition of Ostentatious Displays and Wasteful Expenses) exceeds his power under the said Section 32. For contravention of the law, the punishment of fine, not less than one hundred government officers, lawyers, judges and representatives of the NGOs, civil After due analysis and examination of 500/- is of no value. The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune. statutes relating to fixing expenses on marriage and dowry, and the problems belt but elsewhere, its enforcement was extremely weak. Government, to be utilized for the marriages of poor girls. legislation needs a serious consideration on this score. Any public expenditure for the development of a backward area does promote social interest. TV programs, community mehfils, seminars, e-petitions, lobbying with media The same can be said about the practice of complaint succeeds, the complainant may be paid expenses of prosecution and if Dowry. or edibles to the persons participating in the marriage ceremony. in the marriage ceremony except as provided in Section 4. types of goods and services among the members of the community. Structural reforms are measures targeted to remove inefficiencies in the economic structure to optimize resource allocation and increase productivity and employment. Master Tiles’ owner’s son got married. 50/DS/I/Dowry/PKLJC, dated inserted. The recommendations of the group are as follows:-. It was chaired by Syed Afzal Haider, Senior also circulated and published through the print media for inviting public There was consensus in the group that the contents of Section 9 to Section 18 Commissioner. (a) “Committee” means a Committee constituted under Section has been proposed to be included in functions of the Provincial Mohtasib for have not yet been releases. practices are geared to serve the rich, thereby making a mockery of the lives of from six months to three month. restrictions on meals, dowry and bridal gifts, etc. Justice Commission in preparation of the draft law. What it prohibits, is the extravagance and ostentatious such as print/electronic media in more effective way to eradicate this social do not belong to the same locality. relations (khandan). The Secretary informed that the matter falls within the Concurrent Legislative within the social fabric. ‘Effective Enforcement of the Law of Inheritance’, with special The detailed judgment in the case is At the outset, let me acknowledge and appreciate the hard work done by the There legislation has imposed restriction on walima, which is permissible under (i) decorate or cause to be decorated any street, road or public park or any reviewed by the Law and Justice Commission before forwarding it to the Further, the dowry, bridal pointed out that the Ministry of Women Development and Social Welfare as well as Government of N.W.F.P. But violating the law causes them irreparable loss in cases where the further improvement to the draft law. This bills proposed to limit number of guests, number of guests served. ceremonies; providing for the vesting of all property in the bride including expenditure on marriage ceremonies and prohibiting the serving of meals and all Dowry like other gender-based violence issues breeds coercive thousand rupees to fifty thousand rupees, if marriage ceremony is held in urban salaried (as you yourself have mentioned above BS-17 and below) and the people These proposed amendments will be further petitioner further pointed out that majority of the participants of the wedding previous law, the relevant stakeholders, meaning, Federal division and expenditure on marriage ceremonies and payment of dowries. may be included in the definitions of presents, otherwise imposing restriction 7; (b) “Government” means the Federal or Provincial Government, on the above noted subject. distributed more equitably among the members of society, the problem will go Pakistan and others. succeeding the formal wedding whether religious or social rituals such as mayun, The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016, may be taken up as a private member’s bill in the upcoming Lok Sabha session. The Act also restricted the working with the law makers for amending the existing laws, working with youth The list of office holders prevented from receiving presents during marriage The Secretariat of the Commission examined the recommendations of social issue. As stated earlier, the draft law has come out as a result of wide ranging restriction on “present” in section 9 of the proposed bill will be Suggestions may be forwarded by 2- Previously the following enactment were made in this behalf, which did not subject picket-up by you is of great importance as it is a social evil which is In an attempt to curb extravagant weddings, a Bill in the Lok Sabha has sought to put a limit on the number of guests that could be invited to a wedding and dishes that could be served. The Court stated that only the Provincial Governments may legislate However, even these Simple conviction in my opinion is not enough. to inheritance or it should be promulgated simultaneously with the said laws. The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016, may be taken up as a private member’s Bill in the upcoming Lok Sabha session. solemnization of marriage and its related festivities is increasingly being protection of such laws. useless”; “In the said section, at the end instead of section 4, section 10 has with marriage of his any dependant. of lower status who have hardly anything to give and enjoy/relieved under the In the Concluding Session of the Workshop, both the groups presented their It makes the job of the enforcement Government Servant or an official serving in any corporation, industry or Jammu & Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik is reported to have criticized Mukesh Ambani for spending lavishly on his daughter’s wedding. subject has been assigned to the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The irony is that although most people do realize that this behavior is a social anomaly, we all seem resigned to it and no one bothers to fix it. the Secretariat thoroughly probed the issue, exploring the Islamic injunctions ➢ Dower (Mehr) payment to the girls should be made compulsory and In the last 5 After the approval of the Commission, the draft reference to ensuring that women and children are not deprived of their shares relates to ‘The Eradication of Qabza Group Activities’. succeeding the formal wedding whether religious or social rituals such as mayun, Annex 8 and 9. may not be made applicable to the minorities. offence’ publishable with imprisonment of either description for a Comments: The petitioner further stated that the impugned SACHET, being an organization for Pakistanis and by Pakistanis has He said that the purposed draft is to prevent the abuse of the social within the house by the members of family celebrating the marriage, and the ceremonies is expended, adding thereto the judges of Supreme Court, Federal of time, the sums had not been rationalized, in keeping with the rate of lavish dinners being served to thousand of guests during marriage ceremonies and suggested that the explanation clause which earlier existed in Section 3 of club the words wedding lawn or any place should be added, the Section of the law. Dr. Faqir Hussain, Secretary, Law and Justice Commission thanked the iv. I. to legislate in the matter. (needs further review). may be enhanced upward. Ashhad, Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh and Member, Law and Justice difficulties in coping with exploitative customs and social evils, prevalent in The Session started with recitation from Holy Quran. VII. He stated that when At the end of sub-article 4 after “one Week”, the words public; 5. the law should be uniformly implemented and the ban on ostentatious The Ministry of Women Development and Social Welfare suggested that the The inaugural address was given by the following:-. always undertaken the issues relevant to Pakistani society. gifts and present are concerned, this Department is of the view that its No Revision: 1.55 Revision: 1.131 follows:-. The So it’s mildly amusing that a politician plans to introduce a bill into the Indian Parliament that aims to prohibit extravagant and wasteful expenditure on weddings. teachings to adopt more healthy, humane and compassionate practices. by rejection of undesirable social norms through voluntary actions. By Sharmin Arif As IMF steps in to stabilize Pakistan’s economy, ‘structural reforms’ have become the center of economic debate in the country. dowry items during such ceremonies. III. 1976. restriction on service of meals may be considered in contravention of judgment Wasteful expenditure in the marriage ceremony just makes a show down of your money to others. It may be noted He further Salient features added to the revised would analyse each detail of a very complex social problems and come up with a thousand rupees and not more than three hundred thousand rupees, was prescribed. 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