Section 21. Polygamy

(1) No man during the subsistence of a marriage shall, except with the prior permission in writing of the Court, contract another marriage with another woman.

(2) No marriage contracted without the permission under subsection (l) shall be registered under this Ordinance unless the Court is satisfied that the marriage is valid according to Islamic Law and the Court has ordered the marriage to be registered subject to section 127.

(3) Subsection (1) applies to the marriage in the State of a man who is resident within or outside the State to the marriage outside the State of a man resident in the State.

(4) An application for permission shall be submitted to the Court in the prescribed manner and shall be accompanied by an iqrar stating the grounds on which the proposed marriage is alleged to be just or necessary, the present income of the applicant, particulars of his commitments and his ascertainable financial obligations and liabilities, the number of his dependants, including persons who would be his dependants as a result of the proposed marriage, and whether the consent or views of the existing wife or wives on the proposed marriage have been obtained.

(5) On receipt of the application, the Court shall summon the applicant, his existing wife or wives, the woman to be wedded, the wali of the woman to be wedded, if any, and other persons who in the opinion of the Court may provide information relating to the proposed marriage, to be present at the hearing of the application, which shall be in camera, and the Court may grant the permission applied for if satisfied –

(6) A copy of the application under subsection (4) and of the ‘iqrar required by that subsection shall be served together with the summons on each existing wife and the woman to be wedded.

(7) Any party aggrieved by or dissatisfied with any decisions of the Court may appeal against the decision in the manner provided in the Syariah Civil Procedure Ordinance, 2001 [Cap.44];

(8) Any person who contracts a marriage in contravention of subsections (1) and (2) shall pay immediately the entire amount of the mas kahwin and pemberian due to the existing wife of wives, which amount, if not so paid, shall be recoverable as a debt.

(9) The procedure for solemnization and registration of a marriage under this section shall in all respects be similar to that applicable to other marriages solemnized and registered in the State under this Ordinance.

(10) Every Court that grants permission or orders the marriage to the registered under this section may, of its own motion or on the application by any party to the marriage, require the man to pay maintenance to his existing wife of wives and dependants.

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