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Fine With Marriage Registration, But Involve us in Decision Making: AIMPLB Member

Just hours after it was revealed that the UP Women's Welfare department had drafted a proposal to make marriage registration compulsory in the state for everyone, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that the government must seek suggestions from all stakeholders before implementing the proposal.

Qazi Faraz Ahmad | News18.com@qazifarazahmad

Updated:June 13, 2017, 6:10 PM IST
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Fine With Marriage Registration, But Involve us in Decision Making: AIMPLB Member
AIMPLB executive member Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali. (File photo)
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Lucknow: Just hours after it was revealed that the UP Women's Welfare department had drafted a proposal to make marriage registration compulsory in the state for everyone, All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has said that the government must seek suggestions from all stakeholders before implementing the proposal.

In accordance with the Supreme Court's orders, a proposal has been drafted by UP Women's Welfare department for making marriage registration compulsory in the state. The proposal will be tabled in next cabinet meeting of Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking to News18, AIMPLB executive member, Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali said, "When marriage is not mandatory by law then how can you make marriage registration compulsory? We're not opposed to it, but the government should consider taking everyone's point of view before making any such implementation."

Women and Child Welfare minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that the government was only following Supreme Court ruling.

"This has nothing to do with any religion. It should not be seen as against any religion. We are just preparing for implementation of Supreme Court's order," she added.

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Senior Lawyer and member of AIMPLB, Zafaryab Jilani said, "This is a Supreme Court ruling and state govt has nothing to do with it. Failing to register your marriage doesn't make it illegal. This is a welcome step and marriages should be registered. Some countries like US and UK require a government certification of marriage if a couple wants to travel to these countries."

Shia leader Maulana Yasoob Abbas welcomed the decision and said that religion must not be brought into the picture as the decision was for everyone's good.

According to sources with the knowledge of the proposal, the Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party government has decided to include everyone in the proposal, including the Muslims following the Supreme Court's order for compulsory registration of marriages.

A committee of ministers was formed during former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's regime but its was protested by the Muslim community.

The Samajwadi Party government had decided to exclude the Muslims but the rule book was never released. The couples who are not registered will be deprived of benefits from government schemes, the sources added. Many states like Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar, Rajasthan have already made marriage registration mandatory. There are also penalties for not adhering to the rule.

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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