Which law governs marriage?

Marriage, like divorce, is governed by different statutes and by personal customs for different communities. Under the Child Marriage Restraint Act minimum ages for male and female were respectively 18 and 14, but by Family Laws Ordinance 1961 minimum age for a female has now been raised to 16 years. No medical examination is required before marriage.

By Marriages (Prohibition of Wasteful Expenses) Act, 1997, no person celebrating his marriage or marriage of any other shall decorate any house or building with lights and illumination and serve meals or other edibles to persons participating in marriage except hot and cold soft drinks. Whoever contravenes this provision shall be punishable with fine not less than Rs. 100,000 and not more than 300,000.

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