Pakistan approves Hindu Marriage Bill

A parliamentary panel in Pakistan unanimously approved a Hindu Marriage Bill which included provisions on fixing the minimum marriageable age of girls and boys at 18 years and the introduction of conditions of divorce. The clause providing grounds of divorce is one of the more controversial provisions because upper-caste Hindu men fear increased agency for women and a likelihood of conversions whereas women and lower-caste marginalized groups welcome the law as it resolves a number of problems relating to documentary proof and property transfer.