A Pakistani actress is involved in a seven-year-long judicial proceedings, in case if she is married or not.
Irtiza Rubab, who is known by his art name is Meera, she has acted in commercially successful films, and has won local awards for his work.
Now, she’s making headlines for another reason, because of a legal battle against a man who claims that he is her husband.Who is Meera?
It is considered to be a famous actress in Lollywood – Pakistani film industry in Lahore.
In addition to local films, the 40-year-old has also starred in a Bollywood film and has already expressed a desire to be involved in politics.
She is also known for his social media, video, and his presentation style, which many find to be fun.
The pakistani, how to make fun of her accented English – something that she tends to take it sportingly – and a recent video of her singing the Titanic song My Heart Will Go On, has gone viral, delighting and horrifying many.How did he get involved in the controversy?
In 2009, Ateeq-ur-Rehman, a businessman in Faisalabad, has told reporters that he had married Meera in a private ceremony in 2007.
He said that he was unhappy, Meera had not recognized publicly as her husband, and was still telling his fans was unique.
She also produced a marriage certificate as “proof” of their marriage, and said that he had filed several court petitions against Meera.
In the application, he argued that it should be visited to prove that she is his wife, that she should not marry anyone else before divorcing him, which should be in the possession of a home, where she lives, and that she should be prevented from going abroad.
Speaking to the BBC, Meera lawyer Balakh Sher Khosa said that a medical application in search of a “virginity testing” Meera was presented by Mr. Rehman, who claimed that the actress is not a virgin and that she was lying about being single.
“This particular application was subsequently rejected by the High Court of Lahore. In Pakistan, for medical applications allow for the testing of the virginity of women in rape and adultery cases in which the woman must establish that she has lost her virginity as a result of the crime committed.
“But in cases like that of Meera, calling someone their wife or husband, virginity testing may only be allowed with the consent of the interested woman. Ateeq statement is devoid of foundation: that is why the court has rejected.”
Meera has denied all of Mr Rehman’s claims, and has insisted she is not married to anyone. He has also filed a countersuit in 2010, defying the marriage certificate.Who should we believe?
The case has made headlines in Pakistan when it first emerged. And public opinion is divided.
Meera has rejected Mr Rehman as “disturbed and hungry for fame.”
He told the BBC Mr Rehman was a promoter who had known her through a friend, and has worked in a couple of concerts and guided tours.
“One day, out of nowhere, he showed some fake photographs claiming that you are not married… How can it be allowed to call me his wife?”
She claims that she would never have a low profile marriage, in any case. “I’m a celebrity, I would have never been able to get married in a room in a way that is so simple?”
In the meantime, Mr. Rehman advocate, Ali Bokhari, told the BBC: “He has married Meera in the presence of his mother and uncle. Meera should accept the fact that she is Ateeq wife.”Do people really go to court to prove that you are married with someone?
Yes – this has happened a few times at the family courts in Pakistan – also if this is the first case involving a celebrity.
Typically, the cases involved a man filing a lawsuit in court, claiming that his alleged spouse should not be allowed to marry someone else.
Some men have produced fake certificates of marriage, in the past, in these cases, the woman can normally win the case, after having proved that there never was a marriage registered with the local council. But it can be a long process.
Meera case, which has lasted for seven years, he has brought the attention on how to slow down the Pakistan family courts can be.
She claimed that the claims have hurt his reputation, and has made it difficult for her to marry until the case is resolved.
“I want to get married and have children, time is running out. In fact, my work and the mental well-being is affected by all of this, but I continue to work and travel, fortunately there are restrictions,” he said.What happens now?
The wedding row has rumbled seven years – but may finally be reaching a conclusion.
Meera’s lawyer accuses Ateeq-ur-Rehman of delaying tactics to prolong the case.
“Ateeq the lawyer has been changed so many times that I lost count by now. Almost never come to court, when the case is heard,” Balakh Sher Khosa has told the BBC.
“Of course there are some other minor obstacles, such as the transfer and the absence of the relevant court. I am the third lawyer to Meera, but the delay has never been part of our Meera has already recorded his statement in 2011.”
Last week, a family court by a civil judge in Lahore, finally, he rejected Mr. Rehman question that Meera be forbidden to marry anyone else without a divorce.
Also do not bring matters to a close, however.
Judge Babar Nadeem said that the court had not yet decided if the marriage certificate was real or invented, but, according to the Family Court Act of 1964, Meera could not be restrained from marrying anyone.
However, he added that if Mr Rehman is then able to demonstrate that he and Meera are married, the actress will be responsible for any legal consequences.
Meera is still considering this a victory, saying: “Justice has finally been served.”
Judge Nadeem has requested both the counsel to finish their topics as soon as possible, and says a final ruling will be given on or before December 30, 2017.