Forum for peace and unity welcomes SC move on marriage registration

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Lucknow, Nov 24(UNI) Newly formed Forum For Peace and Unity(FFPU) has welcomed the directive of the Supreme Court for compulsory registration of all marriages and criticised the Muslim organisations opposing the direction.

The Forum has also sent a memorandum to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board(AIMPLB), which is meeting in New Delhi tomorrow to discuss the issue.

FFPU president Maulana Zahir Ahmed Siddique in a press release here said the forum do not agree that the proposed direction was yet another step towards uniform code.

''Compulsory registration does not mean traditional mariages are scrapped and it would be at the same level as compulsory registration of births and deaths for which a law is already in force'', the Maulana said.

He said once a traditional marriage is performed under the Muslim, Hindu, Christian or Sikh rites, it could be registered ex post facto in the same manner as a birth or death.

The Forum president also advised the Muslim clerics and leaders against adopting a confrontationist posture against the SC directive as it can at best be only counter-productive.

Meanwhile, the Forum has also condemned the serial blast in three cities in Uttar Pradesh yesterday and termed the incident as an effort to create communal disturbances in the state.

UNI

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