'Saas-bahu' feud over 10-tola gold lands in top court

Three-member bench headed by CJP Qazi Faez Isa heard case

Maryam Nawaz
Representational image of a bride wearing jewellery. — Unsplash
Representational image of a bride wearing jewellery. — Unsplash

ISLAMABAD: A unique case landed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday with a female petitioner who brought a dispute over 10-tola gold with her former daughter-in-law.

A woman namely Sabeeha Khanam petitioned in the top court against the high court’s verdict to provide 10-tola gold to her former daughter-in-law.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa heard the case.

Justice Isa questioned the petitioner’s lawyer Zulfiqar Naqvi regarding the details of the family dispute between the two women. To this, the lawyer apprised the court that the conflict was between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law on custody of the gold.

The top judge questioned whether her daughter-in-law was divorced and what was her Haq-e-Mehr — an obligatory payment or gift from the groom to the bride at the time of marriage.

On the query of the bench, the counsel said that the woman had been divorced and she has three children, whereas, her alimony was Rs2,000.

The chief justice remarked what the problem was in giving 10-tola gold to a mother of three children.

The apex court, subsequently, dismissed the petitioner Khanam’s appeal to overturn the high court’s verdict.