The Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued an order regarding second marriage, under which now a Pakistani man will have to get permission from his first wife to get second marriage.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday said that a Pakistani man will have to seek the consent of his first wife or the consent of each other from the arbitration council to conduct a second marriage. The court said that if a person leaves his first wife without her consent, then he must immediately pay the full amount of Haq Mehr, or Dokar which was fixed on the day of Nikah.
The court remarked that the purpose of the law to get permission from the first wife before the second marriage is to improve the society, its violation can cause many problems.
The five-page order of the apex court, introduced by Justice Syed Mazar Ali Akbar Naqvi, came in response to an appeal against a decision by the Peshawar High Court (PHC), which mandated a man to pay his first wife the full right of way.
The Supreme Court directed the petitioner Muhammad Jameel to pay the entire Haq Mehr to the first wife immediately because she married without the consent of his first wife.