Pakistan Constitution 1973 provide the safeguards to hold and protect the legal rights on equity and natural justice based on the following acts and ordinance;
- Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929
- Muslim Family Law Ordinance 1961
- (West Pakistan) Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act 1962
- (West Pakistan) Family Courts Act 1964
- Offence of Zina (Enforcement of Hudood) Ordinance 1979
- Law of Evidence (Qanun-e-Shahadat) Order 1984
- Enforcement of Sharia Act 1991
- Dowry and Bridal Gifts (Restriction) Act 1976
- Prohibition (Enforcement of Hudood) Order 1979
- Offence of Qazf (Enforcement of Hudood ) Order 1979
- Execution of Punishment of Whipping Ordinance 1979
Registration of Marriages
The Muslim Family Laws Ordinance 1961 introduced reforms regarding registration of marriages, and in default of such registration, penalties of fine and imprisonment have been prescribed. Nevertheless, Muslim marriages are still legal and valid if they are performed according to the requisites of Islam.
The Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929 has made under-age marriages a penal offence. Under the Act the minimum age of marriage for a male is 18 years whereas the minimum age of marriage for a female is 16 years in Pakistan. Despite the fact that under-age marriages are liable to punishment, such unions are not rendered invalid. According to the Hanafi School, an adult woman may Contract her marriage without the consent of a Walli.
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