Remove Notice Period for Interfaith Marriage

Plea in Delhi High Court

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!

BBC News: On the run for love in India

Most Indian families still prefer marriages arranged within their religion and caste. Marriages outside these rigid boundaries have often led to violent consequences, including “honour” killings. But some young Indians are still willing to defy their families and communities for love…

Click here to read BBC’s Divya Arya’s report

India’s Forbidden Love

BBC Sounds – The Documentary

How inter-faith and inter-caste marriages are leading to bitter divisions in India

At a time when religious extremism and honour killings have been dominating the political and social discourse, we take a look at the issues surrounding marriages between inter-faith and inter-caste couples ahead of India’s parliamentary elections. Divya Arya, the BBC’s Women’s Affairs journalist in India, tells the story of couples who have fled their homes and communities in fear of their lives in the name of love. One of the most-asked questions in any Indian election is about the candidate’s caste. Political analysts ask it, poll strategists ask it, and the voters ask it. Caste-related issues, frivolous to outsiders, are fiercely debated in TV shows and newspaper articles during an election season. But what does it mean for ordinary voters and their families, and what do they hope for from their politicians?

Listen in to this BBC audio production with Dhanak member couples and co-founder, Mr. Asif Iqbal:



2.00PM-3.40PM Solidarity Peace Walk
Point of Assembly: At the Gate of Raja Ram Mohun Roy Memorial Hall

3.50PM-4.00PM Welcome Address
Shabana Siddiqui, Dhanak

4.00PM-4.45PM Panel Discussion: Solidarity with Victims of Honour Crime
Moderator: Sumit Chauhan
Speakers: Yashpal Saxena, Lata Singh, Veena Malik

4.45PM-5.15PM Short Film Screening and Award Ceremony
Dr. Neeraj Malik (Retd. Faculty Member, DU)
Introduction: Danyal Sadiq

5.15PM-5.45PM Panel Discussion: Domestic Violence and the Right to Choose
Moderator: Nayana Chaudhury, Breakthrough
Speakers: Ms. Shipra Jha (Girls not Brides), Vijay Hiremath (Advocate & Visiting Faculty TISS), Kavita, Ravina

5.45PM-6.15PM Baat Kijiye Saath Dijiye: Role of parents and relevance of Dhanak Campaign
Moderator: Prof. Ghazala Jamil, JNU
Speakers: Richa Aniruddh, Tauqueer Ali Sadri (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung), Sh. Mohd. Zama, Mrs. Madhu

6.15PM-7.00PM Recognition and Felicitation of Couples
Moderator: Akanksha Sharma
Special Address: Ms. Bushra Khanam (Sr. Anchor/Reporter/Producer at Zee Salaam)

7.10PM-7.50PM Musical Performance by Manzil Mystics

7.50PM onwards Dinner