In a big move, Law Commission on Tuesday recommended compulsory registration of marriage in 30 days of the wedding, ANI reported. The Commission further suggested a fine on per day basis for delay in registration without reasonable cause. Earlier, Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government had implemented to make marriage registration compulsory for all communities. Those, who do not register their marriage, will not be able to get the benefit of government schemes. The implementation in Uttar Pradesh had been made mandatory by the Women’s Welfare Department and is likely to be brought before the state cabinet in its next session. Reportedly, BJP government will include everyone in this proposal, including the Muslims following the Supreme Court’s order for compulsory registration of marriages. States like Rajasthan, Himachal, Kerala and Bihar have already done it.
The issue recently got raked up in the state of Telangana as well. Lokayukta Justice B Subhashan Reddy said there was a need for concerted efforts to ensure effective implementation of the Telangana Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act, 2002. If provisions of the Act are violated then Marriage Officers can be prosecuted, the Lokayukta had suggested. He maintained that those not registering their marriage also face fine or imprisonment. “If marriages are not registered, it is the fault of officers concerned who are vested with powers to implement the Act,” he said. “There was a need to take measures to ensure strict implementation of the Act,” Reddy added. The Act was made in undivided state of Andhra Pradesh in 2002 and the Telangana government adopted it in December 2014.