KP Assembly to ban dowry, limit marriage expenditures

KP Assembly to ban dowry, limit marriage expenditures

PESHAWAR: KP Government under command of the PTI Chief Minister Pervaiz Kahttak is moving towards a historic bill banning dowry in the province.

A bill banning dowry and limiting spending on marriages including wedding gifts, walima, etc was tabled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly here on Thursday.

Deputy Speaker Dr Mehr Taj Roghani moved the bill aimed at banning dowry and reducing spending on wedding ceremonies. The bill suggests a total ban on dowry articles either given by parents, other family members or any other person(s) to bride.

The aggregate value of the gift amount or articles given to bride by her parents or any other family member shall not exceed the amount of Rs10,000.

The total expenditures on a marriage excluding the value of bridal gifts and presents, but including the expenses on baarat or walima incurred by or on behalf of either party for each ceremony, shall not exceed Rs75,000. 

A person or family celebrating nikkah or baarat or organising the marriage of any other person shall not serve or allow anyone to serve meals or other edibles except beverages to the people/persons participating in the ceremony. 

Provided that on valima ceremony, there shall be only one dish of rice, one dish of gravy and one sweet dish.