In order to eliminate fake marriage certificates, the Punjab government is going to “digitise” the nikkah registration process across the province that will discourage registration based on fake witnesses.
On Tuesday, a government spokesperson said that the Punjab government has taken the decision to digitise the nikkah registration in order to avoid fake marriage certificates.
Under the new computerized registration system, marriage registers across the province will be phased out and a tablet will be introduced instead which will be linked to the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).
All marriage registrars and registered imams will be trained to use the tabs. Every one of them will be allotted a separate account for the collection of fees.
Terms and conditions of Nikkah registration process
- The second marriage will not be allowed to take place if a person has not submitted the fee for marriage.
- The marriage fee will be accredited to the relevant account of the local government department from the marriage registrar’s SIM.
- The ID cards and thumbprints of the witnesses will also be scanned. If ID card scanning and thumbprints match, only then will the witnesses testimony be admissible.
- The registrar will also take a photo of the groom at the time of nikkah and submit it to Nadra.
- If the groom is a fugitive or nominated in a criminal case, he will be arrested immediately as the tab will produce the image linked with Nadra’s database.
Make marriage compulsory by 18, says Sindh MPA’s bill
Moreover, earlier, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) MPA Syed Abdul Rasheed submitted a draft of “The Sindh Compulsory Marriage Act, 2021” to the Sindh Assembly Secretariat, sought o make marriage compulsory for people aged 18 years.
However, the private bill has been dismissed.