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Bihar marriage rules likely to be amended

patna Updated: Jul 28, 2008 11:23 IST
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The Bihar NDA government is mulling amendment to the Bihar Special Marriage Rules, 1955, under which the bride and groom will be issued separate marriage certificates.

"The state government is considering a proposal from the Law and Registration department to amend the existing marriage rules to issue separate marriage certificates to both the bride and groom," official sources said.

The sources expected the amendment to be possible within the next two months.

"We all know what is happening in Punjab and Haryana, where cases of desertion of wives by NRI husbands is a social menace," a state registration department official said.

"In recent times, there have been cases of women marrying NRIs facing hardship after being deserted by husbands in foreign countries, the sources said.

The amendment would give more legal rights as in many cases husband denied the marriage leaving the wife to fend for herself.

Legal experts, however, suggest that the state government's move to protect legal rights of married women should be supplemented by enforcement of compulsory registration of marriages.

"In Bihar, registration of marriage is still on the lower side," they claimed.

The initial problem for a deserted women was to prove the marriage and 'in this case registration of marriage helps a lot.

The Supreme Court had in 2006 also directed the state government to make registration of marriage mandatory.

"We have chalked out long-term and short-term measures to prevent any incident like the ones in Banglaore and Ahmedabad. The measures will be finalised on Monday," said the home secretary.