Registration of marriages compulsory to prevent women harassment
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 27-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 27: Keeping the women safety agenda on top, the central government has decided to make registration of marriages compulsory. Notably, this was said by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

This was a major step taken by Law Ministry so that in a bid to prevent harassment of women. Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in order to provide evidentiary value in matrimonial and maintenance cases, the Ministry has decided to provide compulsory registration of marriages.

However, at the same time, the government said as of now, there was no proposal to link Aadhaar for the purpose. The Minister also pointed out that in 2006, Supreme Court had directed that registration of marriages should be compulsory for all citizens, irrespective of their religion.

Interestingly, the Law Commission had recently told the government that compulsory registration of marriages will help prevent marriage frauds and protect the women. It had also made it clear that there was no need to amend the personal laws dealing with marriages.

The commission had also said a minor amendment to the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969, by including a provision for compulsory registration of marriages, would serve the purpose.