Controversy arises as Rajasthan amends marriage registration law

  • As the Rajasthan Assembly on Friday passed a bill to amend the 2009 Marriage Registration Act, so as to mandate a mandatory registration of marriages, including child marriages, the opposition protested.

  • The Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill, 2021 amends the Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act, 2009. Previously, only the District Marriage Registration Officer (DMRO) was authorised to register the marriages; with the new bill, government can appoint additional DMRO or Block MRO to register marriages.

  • But what was found controversial by the opposition was an amendment to the Section 8 of the 2009 act. The 2021 amendment states that the parents or guardians of a bridegroom who is under 21 and a bride who is under 18, “shall be responsible to submit the memorandum, in such manner, as may be prescribed, within a period of thirty days from the date of solemnisation of the marriage to the Registrar.

  • The opposition said that this provision should be done away with as it justifies child marriages. In the 2009 act, the provision existed with the age of both girls and boys as 21 years.

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