Muslim Personal Law Board opposes mandatory marriage registration

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Kolkata, Feb 20 (UNI) Opposing mandatory registration of marriage for the Muslims, All India Muslim Personal Law Board today said such a move was redundant and unnecessary.

''Never did we oppose marriage registration. But making it mandatory is what we object to,'' its General Secretary Maulana Syed Nizamuddin said.

Addressing a press conference before AIMPLB's annual conference to be held here from February 29, Mr Nizamuddin said the recent move, if implemented, would create lot of complexities and put many couples into harassment.

''A couple, married under the supervision of a Government-appointed Kazi will again have to take oath before a special officer of the Government for Nikah. This will create problems for many in the remote areas,'' he said.

Mr Nizamuddin also said while Muslims got married under the Shariat law, accepted in the marriage acts of the country, making them undergo another procedure was redundant.

He also opposed any rule for mandatory age proof for a Muslim bride before marriage, observing that procuring such a certificate would create a great problem for those living in villages.

The three-day conference of AIMPLB would take up for discussions several issues, including marriage registration, madrassa education and Waqf. It would also appeal to the Government to consult AIMPLB before moving any bill related to the Muslims.

About 400 delegates, including 50 women, from different fields participated in the conference.

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