LHC sentences husband to six months in prison for marrying again without the consent of the first wife

LHC sentences husband to six months in prison for marrying again without the consent of the first wife

In a first, Lahore High Court (LHC) has sentenced a man to six months in prison. The reason for this penalty is that the culprit married for the second time without the consent of his first wife.

A civil court overlooked the case. Along with the prison time, LHC also fined him Rs. 0.5 million, rejected his bail plea.

Arrested for hiding marriage

Prior to this, the Police arrested a man named Rehmat Ali, in Lahore, for hiding his first marriage. He hid his first marriage from his second wife. She came to know about it two days after their marriage.

Once she became aware, she filed an FIR against him. Rehmat Ali was put in jail on order of the district court.

Permission of first wife obligatory

The Supreme Court made it essential for a husband to get consent from his first wife before marrying again.

If a man does not have the consent, he would have to pay her the entire Haq Mehr, which was agreed on the day of their nikkah. The Supreme Court stated that the violation of this law would lead to multiple issues. This verdict was given after an appeal against the High Court of Peshawar’s decision, in which a man had to immediately pay his first wife the dower if he marries again.

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