Today, women are educating themselves and finally leading lives as equals, which makes life easy for women and men after marriage. However, even today, in Pakistan, when women tie the knot, their lives tremendously change compared to men. From moving homes, leaving their friends and jobs behind, and changing their surnames, women, in general, have a lot happening.
Why Do Women Need to Change their Surnames?
Have you ever wondered why women, after getting married, take up their husband’s name as their surname? Have you brushed it off, thinking maybe it is done because of legal documents, etc.? Changing your surname after marriage is not implemented by the law, neither is it made mandatory in the religion to do so. However, it is more of a tradition/culture thing to do in Pakistan. Interestingly enough, this tradition is not just followed in Pakistan but many parts of the world.
Not Made Mandatory by Religion or Law
Pakistani actress Mansha Pasha was asked on her Instagram by one of her fans why she didn’t change her name after marriage? – For context, she tied the knot with activist Jibran Nasir recently – To which she responded and reminded us that in Islam, women are not required to change their surnames after marriage.
“You didn’t change your name after marriage,” a fan pointed out. To which Mansha answered: “Yes, because it is not it’s not required in Islam.”
For many women today, changing their surnames and adopting their husbands’ names significantly affects how they think about their individuality. They aren’t comfortable with abandoning their surnames for this very reason. For this exact purpose, we see more and more people talking about the issue and also abandoning these traditions altogether.
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