PESHAWAR -UNS – A landmark bill aimed at slapping ban on centuries-old dowry tradition was adopted by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly on Wednesday.
The bill titled as “the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dowry, Bridal Gift and Marriage Functions Restriction Act, 2017” restrains bride’s family members, relatives and outsiders from making dowry or payments terms of dowry.
It is now illegal in the province for anyone from groom’s side to ask for dowry from bride’s family. If they still force bride’s family, they shall be liable to a two-month prison term and a fine of Rs300,000 or both.
Likewise, the bill also bounds family to give share to female members in inheritance.
The bill also restrains families not to make expeditures above Rs75000 in terms of marriage expenses including ceremonies of walima and barat whereas maximum amount of gift given to bride by her parents, family members or other relatives can’t exceed Rs10000 mark.
Similarly, the new law restricts valima to a one-dish banquet of rice, gravy and sweets. It also states that a person or family celebrating the nikah or baraat or organising the marriage ceremony of other person shall not serve or allow anyone to meals or other edibles, excluding beverages, to people participating in the ceremony.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly adopts seven other resolution on Wednesday.