Thursday, December 31, 2009

Love marriage? Keep parents in loop: West Bengal government -

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    • Kolkata
    • Here’s bad news for couples in West Bengal planning a quick marriage at the registrar’s office without telling their parents.
    • The law and justice department will amend the West Bengal Special Marriage Act and West Bengal Hindu Marriage Act and make it mandatory that couples’ parents or legal guardians be informed before the marriages are solemnised. However, lovers need not panic even if their parents object because they are not bound to obey them.

      Soon, couples will have to submit their recent photographs as well as documents verifying residential address, names and other details of parents or legal guardians. The marriage certificate will also carry scanned photographs of the couple.

    • Though law minister R Moitra said the initiative is meant to stop people from using forged documents, officials said it was aimed at stopping repeats of the Rizwanur Rahman-Priyanka Todi episode. “Rizwanur and Priyanka got married without the knowledge of the Todis. Had Priyanka’s father known about it, the matter could have taken a different turn,” the official said.

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