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!
A Consortium of Organizations/Individuals Working on Right to Choose in Marriage and Relationships
New Delhi (Conference Room at Delhi School of Social Work)
Tentative Program Schedule
13 Feb 2016, 3:00 – 3:15 PM
SHARING ABOUT CHAYAN:
By Sh. Avinash Patil (MANS) & Asif Iqbal (DHANAK)
3:15 – 4:00 PM
Sharing by the Participants about their Work and Status of RTC in their work area
4:00 – 4:30 PM
4:30 – 5:30 PM
DISCUSSION ON THE STRUCTURE OF CHAYAN:
5:30 – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM onwards
Marriage Solemnization in Delhi under Special Marriage Act – 1954
— Also known as court marriage
Click on the link to open the document — Information about marriage solemnization and registration
For the last nine years Dhanak has experienced various legal and systemic challenges for couples trying to exercise their constitutional rights related to their marriage. Dhanak is demanding the following changes for the recognition of Right to Choice in Marriage by the government of NCT Delhi.
- Change in the rules/guidelines for implementation of the Special Marriage Act-1954
- Provision of using proof of address from any state in India
- No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to homes/family of marrying couple
- No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to police stations
- Attestation of documents by officials receiving papers for marriage solemnization and registration
- Establishing Government Protection Homes for couples in need
- Establishing Counseling, Guidance, and Marriage Solemnization/Registration Center for Interfaith/Inter-caste couples
- Public awareness Campaign on Gender Equality
- Inclusion of Interfaith Marriage in State Scheme for providing incentives for alliances of such nature
We are a support group for people in interfaith/inter-caste marriages/alliance
A space where people can share their personal experiences related to having a spouse from a different religious identity than their own
A group that can provide relevant information to people wishing to enter an inter-faith / caste marriage – the how of it
A group that addresses stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions that exist in our society associated with inter-faith / caste marriages. Also addresses the fears and apprehensions of parents
A group that holds dialogue and discussions about communalism, religious intolerance and related issues
A group advocating for policy/legislative changes required to overcome some technical obstacles faced in inter-faith / caste marriages, related to children and their religious identity