Man fined for not paying ‘Haq Mehr’

CJP Isa expresses annoyance with petitioner’s lawyer for not paying his client’s ‘Haq Mehr’ to his wife

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs 100,000 on a citizen for not paying ‘Haq Mehr’ amount to his wife.

The court ordered the citizen to pay the ‘Haq Mehr’ amount within one month, failing which legal action would be taken against him.

At the beginning of the hearing, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa expressed his anger at the petitioner’s lawyer for his client’s failure to pay Rs 500,000 ‘Haq Mehr’ to his wife.

The CJP asked why the amount was not paid despite it being a woman’s right.

The court said that now the petitioner, the man who has been fined, has to pay Rs 1 million so that such cases are not filed here in future.

The petitioner’s lawyer said he wanted to withdraw his case and prayed the court to grant him permission. The court said he would not allow it.

The petitioner did not pay the amount for six years and has now filed the complaint, he noted.

Haq Mehr is a compulsory payment made by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage in the form of money, jewellery, household items, furniture or any other form of property.

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