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The Marriage Contract . [ Nikahnama ] Presented by Shahina Akbar Advocate High Court, Pakistan. BACKGROUND. My Inspiration I did not see my marriage contract, nor did I know my rights before signing it. Legal Rights vs. Custom/Culture Strike-out clauses that give women legal rights

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the marriage contract

The Marriage Contract

[Nikahnama]

Presented by

Shahina Akbar

Advocate High Court, Pakistan

background
BACKGROUND
  • My Inspiration
    • I did not see my marriage contract, nor did I know my rights before signing it.
  • Legal Rights vs. Custom/Culture
    • Strike-out clauses that give women legal rights
  • Delays in legal case; no financial rights
  • Studied law and fought my own case.
objective
OBJECTIVE
  • To create awareness about the marriage contract
  • To secure more favorable terms for women in marriage.
the problem
The Problem
  • Women suffering from unfavorable marriage conditions.
  • Causes:
    • Lack of Awareness
    • Elder men handle the marriage contract signing
    • Couples are uninformed

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strategy for change
Strategy For Change
  • Lecture in homes, schools, colleges, vocational centers, First Women Bank, hospitals, professional & non-professional women clubs
  • Explain the marriage contract
  • Highlight the bride’s right to:
    • A representative or lawyer;
    • Divorce;
    • Place conditions on divorce from husband
    • Maintenance, allowance
  • Certificate of divorce/deeds
  • Role of Arbitration Council
strategy for change8
Strategy For Change
  • Identify Obstacles To Change
    • Question & Answer Session
    • Cultural Obstacles
  • Techniques to Overcome Obstacles
    • Engage family members
    • Avoiding tampering of contract
  • Know Your Legal Rights
    • Family Courts Act
outcome
Outcome

Success Stories

I am invited to marriages in order to assist filling out the marriage contract. As a result, I have been able to help ensure the bride’s right to divorce and reasonable Mahr payable on demand.