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RELIGION-AIMWPLB-SHARIAT NIKAHNAMA TWO LAST LUCKNOW The new nikahnama has 17-point hidayatnama (guidlines for marriage under Shariat law for bride and groom), while 8 points on the talaq process. The prominent points on the hidayatnama are that any forceful nikah is not acceptable under Shariat law, while during the marriage it should be kept in mind that both the bride and groom agree to the nikah for their better family future. Forceble dowry has been made forbidden, while the amount of the 'mehar' should also be made through mutual agreement. However, the minimum amount of mehar would be 30 gm and 618 mg of silver while the maximum would depend on financial status of the groom. The family of the groom have been suggested to treat the bride as their daughter, while several recommendations have been made to strengthen the family life of the bride and groom, besides quoting do's and don't. Under the talaq, all the gifts received during the wedding and afterwards would be the bride's property. Before the talaq, both the husband and wife would stay together for three months, in an effort to resolve their dispute and prevent separation. In an innovative move, the new nikahnama says that any woman can go for separation, if the husband is missing for four years, having illicit relationship with other woman and hiding the disease of AIDS during marriage or after marriage, besides other issues like not giving food, clothes and other essential things. The woman has full authority to go for seperation, if the husband harasses her and her children under the Shariat law and the couple must approach the Darul Kaza (a Shariat court). In the new nikahnama, the girl has also been given full power of separation from her groom by paying back the mehar, if the husband is not willing for talaq.
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