Weddings are ‘big burden’ in India, says Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan who introduced Bill seeking cap on marriage spend

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New Delhi | Updated: February 17, 2017 10:18:18 AM

"In Indian culture, wedding is a big burden and it would be great if it moves away from the middle class," she said.

"In Indian culture, wedding is a big burden and it would be great if it moves away from the middle class," she said.“In Indian culture, wedding is a big burden and it would be great if it moves away from the middle class,” she said.

Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan, who had introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha seeks to put a limit on the number of guests to be invited and dishes to be served in weddings, on Friday defended her move, saying “These days weddings are more about showing off your wealth, this needs to be checked.” She also said that she had requested the Narendra Modi government “create fund that contributes towards wedding of poor girls”. She also emphasized that “If you spend above 5 lakh on a wedding, contribute 10 per cent.” Noting that ‘weddings are more about showing off one’s wealth’, She firmly said that ‘this needs to be checked.’ “In Indian culture, wedding is a big burden and it would be great if it moves away from the middle class,” she said.

If a family spends above Rs 5 lakh on a wedding, it has to contribute 10 per cent of the amount on marriages of girls from poor families, according to the Bill introduced by Ranjan, wife of MP Pappu Yadav. The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016, may be taken up as a private member’s Bill in the upcoming Lok Sabha session. The purpose of this Bill is to prohibit extravagant and wasteful expenditure on marriages and to enforce simpler solemnisation, Ranjeet told PTI.

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The proposed bill may be bizarre and undemocratic but it has a noble intention.

“Great importance should be assigned to the solemnisation of marriage between two individuals. But unfortunately, these days a tendency of celebrating marriages with pomp and show and spending lavishly growing in the country. These days, marriages are more about showing off your wealth and as a result, poor families are under tremendous social pressure to spend more. This is needed to be checked as it is not good for society at large,” she had said.

The Bill seeks that “if any family intends to spend more than Rs 5 lakh towards expenditure on marriage, such family shall declare the amount proposed to be spent in advance to the appropriate government and contribute 10 per cent of such amount in a welfare fund which shall be established by the appropriate government to assist the poor and Below Poverty Line families for the marriage of their daughters”. It says that after this proposed legislation comes into force, all marriages shall be registered within 60 days of the solemnisation.

The government may fix the limit of guests and relatives and number of dishes to be served to the guests and relatives for solemnisation of marriage or for the reception held thereafter as it may deem necessary or expedient to prevent the wastage of food items, it adds.

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