Pakistan Approves Hindu Marriage Bill, Declares Hindu Temple As National Heritage In a Welcoming Gesture

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The ancient Hindu religious site of Panj Tirath has been declared as a heritage site by the provincial Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in northwest Pakistan on January 3.

Panj Tirath will now come under the Chacha Yunus Park and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It has a temple and a lawn and has gotten its name because of the five pools of water present in it.

Site previously Damaged

The site was previously damaged by the Afghan Durrani Dynasty in 1747. However, it was restored by local Hindus under the rule of the Sikhs in the early 1800s. The local Hindus once again began to worship in the temple.

A notice issued under the KP Antiquities Act 2016 stated that intrusions should be removed from the area and handed over to archaeologists to begin the much-needed restoration work.The director of KP Antiquities have also suggested that they need to get rid of the Chacha Younis Park that stands inside the site, Daily Pakistan reported.

Mythologically, the Pandu king of Mahabharata was believed to have belonged to this region. It is said that Hindus would often come to bathe in these five pools of water in the month of Kartheek and worship under the Palm Date trees.

The KP government also announced a fine of Rs 2 million and a five-year imprisonment if someone is found guilty of destroying the historic site.

Bill for Hindu Marriage

Pakistan has approved the Hindu marriage bill as a New Year’s gift for Hindu minorities living in the country to register marriages and also to appeal in court in the event of divorce or separation. The bill also allows Hindus that are separated to remarry.

Similar to the Muslim ‘ Nikah Nama ‘ , Hindus living in Pakistan will now have a proof of marriage document known as the ‘ shadiparat’ .

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