Tuesday , April 7 2020

SC orders Nadra, UCs to register Christian marriages

Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the registration of marriages of members of the Christian community.

A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar announced in a case relating to registration of Christian marriages.

The court ordered all the union councils to make sure registration of marriages of Christians and ordered the National Database Regulatory Authority (Nadra) to give them a computerised marriage certificate.

Punjab government in this regard is advised to properly enact  legislation in this regard. The Supreme Court previously, reserved the verdict after the lawyers and petitioners went into arguments.

While the hearing was underway, the chief justice remarked that the person who registered marriages of Muslims should also register marriages of Christians.

An official of the Christian community regretted that the union councils were the authority to register births, deaths and marriages, but the marriages of christian people were not recorded.

“The government should facilitate the masses,” the chief justice mentioned, recalling that the apex court had earlier passed the verdict that a member of the Christian community should be called and written as “Masihi” instead of “Esai.”

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