अभी तो ली अंगड़ाई है आगे और लड़ाई है…. A big step in the making of a modern, secular, democratic India
Today, we celebrate a small but extremely important victory in doing away with the 30-day notice period that is mandatory to register interfaith marriages.
A Muslim woman through our NGO DHANAK has questioned before the Delhi High Court the validity of a 30-day notice period.
For those who are not aware of the issues with the thirty day notice period – states post public notices of a couple’s intent to get married to basically invite objections by anyone. Many states also send out notices to the residences of the couple. Listed below are the arguments put forth –
* This is essentially breach of privacy of the persons applying for marriage and also jeopardizes their life and liberty.
* By waiting for people to come and object to the marriage, the public notice in itself is a presumption of wrongdoing by the applicants.
* The procedural tediousness forces couples to adopt alternate measure of marrying in a religious place of worship or converting to another religion to marry.
* It discourages couples from registering their marriage altogether because marriages outside the purview of the Act remain valid even without registration.
The state and central government will submit their responses in July, 2019. Click this link to read the article in the Times of India.
Stay tuned to hear what lies ahead in our struggle!
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The Media Ambassadors India – Germany, is a program funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation and is run in cooperation with the Center for Media Competence at the University of Tübingen.
As part of their fellowship program, German journalists visiting India had an interactive session with the DHANAK team.
The visitors were keen on understanding the delicate societal structure in India, and inter-religious marriages.
They were inquisitive about the different types of marriages, challenges of the Special Marriage Act, Inter-religious marriages, and the role of religion in marriages. They also shared the challenges of Inter-faith marriages in their country.