Meghalaya Govt to review Marriage Act after complaints

Staff Correspondent
 SHILLONG, March 20 – Meghalaya Parliamentary Affairs Minister Martin M Danggo said that the State Government would review the Meghalaya Compulsory Registration of Marriage Act, 2012 after members demanded an amendment in the Act based on complaints from Church leaders and the general public.

The Minister said during his reply in the State Assembly on a Resolution moved by Opposition member, Jemino Mawthoh from United Democratic Party that the Government has received representation from Church leaders regarding the Act and the Government is actively considering to revisit the Act.

Earlier, Mawthoh said that the State Act is in direct conflict with the Centre’s Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872. He further urged the Government that the State Act should be “people friendly” and should be amended after broad consultation with the stakeholders.

According to some Members, who participated in the discussions, people were being asked to re-register their marriage under the Act after their marriage were solemnised in the Churches as under the provision of the Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872.

Participating in the discussion, former Law Minister, Rowell Lyngdoh, under whose tenure the Act was passed, said, the Act was framed with the objective to get all the people not covered under the Indian Christian marriage Act to get their marriage registered.

He, however, said that if there are reservations against some of the provisions of the Act, it could be revisited.

Source : http://assamtribune.com