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Ban on Wedding Meals Welcomed


The subject of wedding meals and the government’s ban on them has received a lot of attention in the past few years. In order to assess the effectiveness of these restrictions and their consequent impact on the expenses of the people, Gallup Pakistan conducted a comprehensive survey in 2006 on the subject. It was during this time that the government was trying to enforce the ban more strictly.
In response to the question, ‘Do you favor or oppose the idea of making wedding meals one-dish?’, 68% of the respondents claimed that they were in favor of such a directive and hence 32% were against the idea of making wedding meals a one-dish affair.
When faced with the question, ‘The ban on serving meals on weddings is being enforced more strictly these days. Do you support or oppose this ban?’, 58% of the people extended their support while 42% asserted that they were against these restrictions. At the same time, however, only 12% were of the view that the prohibition was being enforced strictly, 54% were of the opinion that it was being enforced somewhat and 34% stated that it was not being implemented at all.
47% of the people also believed that the ban on wedding meals had reduced the average expenditure on weddings, 17% were of the view that the expenses on weddings had only increased and 35% felt that there had been no change. When asked about the specific wedding functions in which meals should be served, 33% said that meals should be allowed on mehndis, 65% favored the serving of food on barats and 73% wanted the government to lift the ban on serving complete meals on valimas.
These figures suggest that most of the people are in favor of this ban. This restriction, if enforced properly, could make life easier for a lot of people and decrease the average expenditure on weddings. Unfortunately, however, the government seems to have been unsuccessful in implementing this law more strictly. Some people seem to have found ways to work around it, such as serving very heavy teas and wholesome snacks, negating the principle behind this decree and completely nullifying whatever minor impact it was having on the society.
These surveys and polls were conducted by Gallup Pakistan, an affiliate of Gallup International, on a sample of over 1100 respondents in urban areas of all four provinces of Pakistan. This sample was statistically selected across all ages, income groups and educational levels. The error for a sample of this kind is estimated to be +/- 5% at a 95% confidence level.