Eleven years after Supreme Court of India(SCI) Ruling, Uttar Pradesh Govt makes registration of marriages compulsory
The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday Aug 01,2017 approved a proposal to make registration of marriages compulsory for every resident of the state, regardless of religion or community.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath presided over a cabinet meeting to adopt the Uttar Pradesh Marriage Registration Rules-2017, which stipulates compulsory registration of marital alliances and lays down penalties for any delay in this regard. Though the fines are not particularly hefty – Rs 10 for delay up to a year and Rs 50 beyond that period – it is liable to increase over time.
“We took all sections of society into confidence before taking a decision on the issue,” health minister Siddharth Nath Singh told mediapersons later in the day.
However, Singh admitted that the cabinet did not concede to demands from a few Muslim clerics who wanted their community exempt from having to furnish photographs of the bride and groom. “Yes, they made such a demand because the nikahnama (the Islamic marriage contract) does not carry images. But if photographs can be submitted to procure documents such as Aadhaar cards, I don’t see why the same cannot be done for marriage registration,” he said.