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!

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: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3csz3wv

BAAT KIJIYE SAATH DIJIYE

Unreasonable expectations from our children only result in creating a divide in the relationship and generates emotional distress.

Keeping an open dialogue is essential in understanding their viewpoint . Don’t shut them out. Talk to them.

#BaatKijiyeSaathDijiye

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अपने बच्चों से अनुचित, अत्याधिक और अनावश्यक अपेक्षाएं अक्सर माँ-बाप और बच्चों के रिश्तों में दूरियां पैदा कर देतीं हैं, जो सभी के लिए दुखद और कष्टदायी होता है। 

यह ज़रूरी है की परिवार में सभी अपनी बात खुल कर, बिना किसी डर और झिझक के रख सकें। तभी एक दूसरे की भावनाओं, दृष्टिकोण, और विचारों को समझ पाएंगे और उनका सम्मान कर सकेंगे।

#बातकीजियेसाथदीजिये 

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What is “Honour” Based Violence?

“Honour” based violence is an act on a person by his/her family members or by the community, due to the belief that the person brought shame or “dishonour” upon them.

Females are the most common victims of “honour” based violence. However, males can be victims, as well.


Some Types of “Honour” Based Violence:

Physical Abuse

Psychological Pressure

Forced Marriage

Forced Abortion

Abduction

House Arrest

“Honour” Suicide

“Honour” Killing


Some Motives behind “Honour” Based Violence:

Falling in love with someone of your choice

Refusing to marry a person chosen by the family

Marrying someone of your choice

Loss of virginity outside of marriage

Pregnancy outside of marriage

Homosexuality

A relationship outside of marriage