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Lahore court jails man for marrying again without wife’s permission

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LAHORE: Ghulam Rasool, a resident of Lahore, was arrested on Friday from the premises of the high court for marrying without seeking permission from his first wife.

At a hearing on February 4, Justice Aliya Neelam instructed the police to arrest the convict immediately after the proceeding.

Rasool was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of Rs650,000 was imposed on him for keeping his first wife in the dark and marrying for the second time. An FIR against him was registered at the Mianwali police station.

The man, then, filed an appeal in the high court against the sentence. “The police didn’t conduct a proper and complete investigation in the case,” his counsel said, adding that his client’s bail is approved.

Justice Neelam remarked that a single bench of the Lahore High Court will begin hearing Rasool’s plea next week but until then he should be serving his jail time.

Islam conditionally allows men to marry up to four women at a time with the permission of spouse (s), but if you ask Pakistani women, many of them are likely to tell you that they fear the abuse of this liberty provided in the Shariah. That abuse comes in the shape of secret marriages. The man marries a second time without informing his first wife.

On August 26, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pakistan made it mandatory for a husband to obtain consent from his first wife or an arbitration council before marrying for the second time.

In Pakistan, no law can’t be made against the religion of Islam and basic human rights

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