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Marriage registration to be made compulsory in UP as per Apex Court ruling

Agencies: The Uttar Pradesh Government has now decided to make marriage registration compulsory for all communities. Those, who do not register their marriage, will be deprived from the benefits of government schemes. The plan has been drafted by the Women’s Welfare Department and is likely to be brought before the state cabinet in its next session.

Reportedly, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has decided to include everyone in this proposal, including the Muslims following the Supreme Court’s order for compulsory registration of marriages.

Following directives from Supreme Court, the Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to make registration of marriages mandatory to avail government facilities requiring the certificate. An announcement to this effect was made by Women Welfare minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Thursday.

Talking to reporters, Joshi said that the BJP government has decided to make registration of marriages, irrespective of religion, compulsory. “As this required amendment in Act the issue needs to be cleared by state cabinet. If required we will pass a bill during coming budget session,” she said.

The Budget session of UP starts from July that will continue for at least a month. Joshi said that Supreme Court had made registration of marriage, irrespective of religion, mandatory. Though this order came in 2006 the then Government did nothing. As this is a serious matter the Yogi Government has decided to take it up.

“All legal suggestions have been sought. We will take the matter to cabinet,” she said. The Supreme Court in its order had directed all states and union territories to bring in suitable legislation to make registration of marriage compulsory. The Court had said that several states had made the registration of marriage compulsory only for the members of the Hindu community but it should be compulsory for all religion.

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