New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Nearly a month after proposing the controversial marriage registration bill, the Rajasthan government on Monday decided to recall the Rajasthan Compulsory Marriage Registration (Amendment) Bill 2021 for re-examination citing concerns that the bill will encourage child marriages in the state.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the state government will urge the Governor to return the bill for legal consultations of the bill that allowed registration of marriage even if the bride and the groom had not attained the legal age to tie the knot.
"There has been a controversy in the country that this law will encourage child marriage. We decided that it was not a question of our prestige. We will request the governor to return the bill we have passed. After legal consultation from lawyers, it will be considered whether to take the Bill forward or not,” Gehlot, as quoted by PTI, said.
Gehlot said that it is the government's resolve that child marriages do not occur at any cost in Rajasthan. "I want to assure you that I will not compromise on that. We will get it re-examined and if we consider it necessary then we will take it forward or else we will not take it forward. We have no problem," the chief minister said.
Despite a ban on child marriages, the state has been reporting such cases over the years. Gehlot said that the Supreme Court had made it necessary to register every marriage after which the Bill was introduced and passed. He said that legal opinion was taken earlier and the government will take it further also so that child marriages never happen in Rajasthan.
The Bill was passed in the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly on September 17 amid objections from opposition BJP MLAs who walked out of the assembly. State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal had said in the Assembly that the proposed legislation allows registration of marriages but does not state anywhere that these marriages will eventually become valid.
If it is indeed a child marriage, the collector of the particular district and the officers concerned will be able to take necessary action against the families, the minister had pointed out.
The statement and objective of the amendment bill say that if the couple has not completed the legal age of marriage, the parents or guardians shall be responsible for submitting a memorandum within a prescribed period.
(With PTI Inputs)
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