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!
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?
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