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Law Commission for Compulsory Registration of Marriage in All Religions

The Law Commission said that it would help in better implementation of already existing laws that aim at preventing child marriage, bigamy and polygamy.

Utkarsh Anand | News18.com

Updated:July 4, 2017, 6:03 PM IST
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New Delhi: The Law Commission has recommended the Centre to enact a law to make registration of marriages compulsory within 30 days for people of all religions.

In a report titled Compulsory Registration of Marriages, the panel backed a uniform law, calling it a necessary reform. It also recommended a per-day penalty for non-registration of a marriage without sufficient cause, “keeping in view the prevailing conditions in our country.”

In support of the recommendation, the Law Commission said that it would help in better implementation of already existing laws that aim at preventing child marriage, bigamy and polygamy. Supreme Court had also asked the government to frame a law for compulsory registration in 2006.

“It would also aid in eliminating practices such as early and forced marriages. It can be helpful in achieving gender equality and empowering women,” the report reads.

The Law Commission also clarified that the government does not intend to interfere with personal laws, but simply wants to ensure that marriages under all customs and religions were registered.

“The recommendation is not aimed at eliminating diversity of personal laws and instead accepts prevailing customs/ or personal laws concerning solemnisation of marriage; provided that these marriages are registered under the Compulsory Registration of Births Deaths and Marriages Registration Act or any other law for the time being in force in the State. The report does not aim to nullify the existing provisions for registration of marriages under different state laws," said the Commission in its 270th report.

For this, the law panel has sought an amendment to the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969, which only regulates registration of births and deaths currently. The amendment was first pushed during UPA government’s second tenure. While Rajya Sabha had passed the amendment, it could not be passed by the Lok Sabha, and later lapsed.

Under the new norms, a completely automated process with paperless documentation will be introduced for registration. It added that the idea is not to lay down a procedure recognised for solemnisation of marriage but only for registration of marriages.

"Thus, in effect, the Compulsory Registration of Marriages Bill aims to recommend changes along the lines of Compulsory Registration of Births and Deaths, with no effect on different Marriages Acts or personal law,” clarified the Commission.
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| Edited by: Aakarshuk Sarna
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