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TN Muslims against new marriage registration act

Dec 16, 2009 12:11 PM IST India India
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Chennai: Muslim community in Tamil Nadu has strongly opposed the new Registration of Marriage Act that requires registration of all marriages irrespective of religion.

Many say the state government is gradually trying to 'inject' the Union Civil Code.

Religious leaders see the Act as an attempt to snatch away the powers of the Jamaath which registers all Muslim marriages.

"If the government takes everything into its hands, the community will be left with nothing. This is a religious thing and the religious heads only register marriages," says Chief Shia Khazi Ghulam Mohammed Mehdi Khan,

It is not just religious leaders but even ordinary Muslims do not see the necessity in the government taking over what the Jamaath is already doing.

"I am surely against this because if you consider Muslims we follow certain procedures for marriage. All the Islamic marriages are done according to the rules and regulations of the Jamaath. For more than 400 years, we have already been registering our marriages," points out Yasmeen Farhana.

Some of the political parties have already come out publicly against the new law

"When already 100 per cent marriages in Islam are registered by the government approved authorities, why they need duplication and we are afraid that this maybe misused," says Indian Union Muslim League President MG Dawood Mia Khan.

For most members of Muslim community the overriding concern is that the government is slowly trying to impose the uniform civil code on them.

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