ISLAMABAD: A man has been fined Rs 100,000 by the Supreme Court for not paying the amount of ‘Haq Mehr’ to his wife.
The court directed the citizen to pay the ‘Haq Mehr’ amount within a month, failing which legal action would be initiated against him.
At the beginning of the hearing, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa expressed his annoyance over the plaintiff’s lawyer’s failure to pay his wife Rs 500,000 “Haq Mehr” from his client.
The CJP questioned why the amount was not paid even though it was the woman’s right.
The court said the plaintiff – the man who was fined – will now have 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 to do so. The court said it would not allow this.
The plaintiff had not paid the amount for six years and has now filed a lawsuit, it was said.
Haq Mehr is a mandatory payment by husband to his wife at the time of marriage in the form of money, jewelry, household items, furniture or other forms of property.