Pakistan

Punjab legislates against display of dowry, multiple meals in marriage functions

LAHORE: Punjab Assembly on Thursday passed the Punjab Marriage Functions Bill, aimed at regulating marriage functions and other related ceremonies.

The bill clearly stipulates prohibition of ostentatious celebrations and restriction on more than one edible for a ceremony.

No decoration or fireworks

“A person celebrating his marriage or organizing the marriage of any other person shall not decorate or cause to be decorated any street, road or public park or any place other than the building, where marriage ceremony is being held, with lights or illumination… similarly a person shall not explode or allow anyone to explode cracker or other explosive device including firing by firearms.”

Causing or allowing any person to cause nuisance or disturbance to the neighbourhood will be punishable offence.

No display of dowry allowed

One provision of the bill reads: “Display or allow any person to display dowry to the public eye will be a violation of the law.”

One meal only 

The bill further adds: “A person celebrating his marriage or organizing the marriage of any other person shall not serve or allow anyone to serve meals or other edibles except one dish to the persons participating in the marriage.”

Follow time rules or face action

 “A person owning, managing or running a public place, being the site of marriage, shall ensure conclusion of all ceremonies relating to the marriage on or before 10:00 pm”, states the bill.

Penalty

If a person contravenes the provisions of sections 3, 4, 5 or 6, he shall be guilty of an offence punishable with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month and fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees or more than two million rupees.

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