Historic move on cards for Pakistani women empowerment

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Historic move on cards for Pakistani women empowerment

ISLAMABAD - Historic legislation is on cards for woman in Pakistan.

Women in Pakistan may soon be able to divorce their husbands without going to courts.

Although this provision is part of marriage document or Nikahnama under the current Pakistani law, it is almost never offered to a bride-to-be at the time of marriage, leaving women with no option but to go to court to seek divorce, which is called Khula.

The Khula process is not only costly and tedious, but also enables men to exploit women wanting separation. Under the proposed changes to marriage documents, the language of Nikahnama will be changed to make the rights of women clear.

Also the nikahkhawan (a person who performs the marriage) will be legally bound to consult the bride on whether she wants her husband to give her right to dissolve marriage.