LHC restores Section 7 of ‘Christian Divorce Act-1869’

Lahore—Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday restored Section 7 of the ‘Christian Divorce Act 1869’, which was omitted in 1981 by the then military ruler through an ordinance. The court declared ‘Federal Law Revision and Declaration Ordinance 1981’ for the purpose as Unconstitutional and Void.
With the restoration of Section 7, the Christian couples could divorce each other on reasonable grounds, in accordance with the divorce traditions in England, rather than levelling the charge of adultery. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the order while allowing a petition filed by one Amin Masih.
Earlier, petitioner’s counsel Sheraz Zaka pleaded that Section 7 of the ‘Christian Divorce Act 1869’ should be restored according to which ‘the traditions of the England courts would apply as far as family/divorce issues of Christians are concerned.’ —APP

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