Karachi: The Sindh Assembly of Pakistan yesterday passed the Hindu Marriage Bill 2015, thus becoming the first province in the country to allow the minority community to register their marriages.

Bacha Khan University
Guarding its wounds: Pakistani police commandos patrol inside the premises of Bacha Khan University.  Amidst tight security, Pakistan’s prestigious university reopened yesterday, nearly a month after Taliban militants stormed the varsity in the country’s restive northwest and killed 21 people, mostly students. Vice-chancellor Fazal Rahim Marwat welcomed students in the university campus. PIC/AFP

Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro moved the bill, which will apply to entire Sindh province, which has a sizeable Hindu population. During the discussion on the bill, he said it was the first time since the creation of Pakistan that such a bill was being passed.

Meanwhile, a leading Hindu group in Pakistan has demanded the government to remove 12(iii), a controversial clause in the draft Hindu Marriage Bill that calls for annulment of marriage if any of the spouses converts their religion, saying it can trigger forced conversions.

Chairperson of standing committee on law and justice Senator Nasreen Jalil said the committee would discuss the matter and if consensus was formed it will recommend the deletion of the clause to the National Assembly.