India Intelligence Report
 

NCW Wants Marriage Registration

 

The Supreme Court in consultation with the National Commission for Women (NCW) will be requiring, irrespective of religious disposition, the mandatory registration of marriages. Fully endorsing the SC's efforts the NCW said that mandatory registration will prevent child marriages, bigamy/polygamy, enable windows from claiming inheritance, prevent husbands from deserting women after marriage on flimsy grounds, and help women exercise their matrimonial rights. The NCW also wanted a central legislation making it easy to register marriages and also without punitive actions for non-registration. Currently, India allows Hindus, Muslims, and Christians to marry under independent religious laws some of which do not help women. 

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