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Woman’s right ‘not lost’ after wedding

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court on December 8, observed that the right of women to a choice home was not lost even after marriage as it was a fundamental right enshrined in the constitution.

Linking matrimonial life with basic human rights, Justice Omar A Bandial summoned Mohammad Arif of Bhalwal tehsil, Sargodha, along with his wife Shazia and their minor son to the court on December 13.

The order was issued in the process of a habeas corpus petition submitted by Kalay Khan, the father of Shazia, who contended that his son-in-law Arif was not allowing his daughter to meet her parents because of a family feud. He also alleged that Arif maltreated and physically assaulted his wife.

Taking exception to the allegations, the court observed that the woman had an inalienable right to freedom of movement. She was being confined in her own home under conditions which could only be termed as cruel and inhuman. As a helpless woman, she was being illegally used as a pawn in the family feud.

Fundamental rights as guaranteed by the constitution stipulated dignity of human beings and respect for their privacy and their denial was only unconstitutional, the court observed.

Source: Dawn

Date:12/9/2004

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