A law has been passed in KPK legislation banning Dowry. The groom’s family can not demand dowry from the bride’s family, now in KPK. If they do ask for dowry the offender will be punished with two months in prison. The fine for this crime is at least Rs300,000.
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The bill is called Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Marriage Functions (Prohibition of Ostentatious Displays and Wasteful Expenses) Bill 2018. It was presented by Rashida Riffat a Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). With the majority vote for the bill, it was passed.
Now it has been made a law. And the law clearly states that if the groom’s family demand or forcefully asks the bride’s family to give dowry the punishment will be at least 2 months in prison or payment of Rs300,000 or it can be both as well.
The action will be taken against either the father of the groom or any other male family member.
This law does not include gifts or cash given by bride’s family but it should not exceed Rs100,000.
A ban has also been imposed on decorating the house, street, road or the place where marriage is conducted. Usage of firecrackers and other explosives have also been banned, while a restriction is put on the usage of loudspeakers. Loudspeakers are limited for just indoor use.
Moreover, in arrangements like Mehndi, Nikkah or engagement the family is not allowed to serve except drinks.
The menu for marriage function has also been limited to one rice dish, one gravy dish, one dry dish along with bread, salad and a sweet dish.
It is also being directed that the marriage ceremony should conclude by 11 pm and marriage hall owners have to ensure that the time is followed.
A punishment of imprisonment for three months or fine of Rs200,000 will be given to those who do not follow these new rules.
Complaints are to be registered to the first class magistrates in writing
So what do you think? Is this a good step? And the more important question is will the theory be implemented practically?