Punjab Marriage Functions Act widely hailed

Lahore—Human rights activists and social workers Friday lauded the provincial government for approving Punjab Marriage Functions Act 2016. Lauding the Punjab government for passing Marriage Functions Act-2016, National Trade Union Federation Pakistan (NTUF) Deputy General Secretary, Nasir Mansoor said a Muslim was not expected to spend his wealth for showing grandeur and riches.
Syeda Ghulam Fatima, human rights activist and general secretary of the Bonded Labour Liberation Front Pakistan (BLLF) said the Act seemed to be a comprehensive attempt to institute a system for regulating marriage functions to ensure objectives of austerity and simplicity.
Zohra Yousaf, human rights activist, labour rights expert and head of the independent Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), welcomed the Act and expressed the hope that efficient enforcement will help restrict the serving of more than one dish in wedding functions and other related ceremonies.
“According to the customary scale of expenditure on items of pomp and show, including the giving of ‘Jahez’ is beyond one’s means”, she added. It may be mentioned that Punjab Marriage Functions Act 2016 includes ban on illumination and decorations on streets, parks and adjoining areas of the house, hotel or wedding hall where the function is being held.—APP

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