Assam says no government job for those with more than two children
If you are married too young or have more than two children, then there is no chance of you getting a government job in Assam. The new policy proposes that the minimum age for marriage must be made compulsory to get government facilities such as jobs and services. The policy, which is part of the ruling BJP's vision document for the state, is viewed as the party's attempt to control family sizes of Bengali-speaking Muslim immigrants.
The 2011 census says Assam, which has a population of more than 31 million, witnessed the highest increase in Muslim population from 30.9% in 2001 to 34.2% in a decade. Hindus comprise 61.47% of the population but nine districts are Muslim majority.
The Assam government's draft policy also seeks to increase the punishment for child marriages from imprisonment for two years to four years in jail. At present public feedback is being sought and these new rules would be implemented soon.
People will be asked if parents of more than two children or anybody marrying before the legal age should be barred from becoming members of urban and rural civic agencies. The policy also states that those who stick to the norms would be given incentives. The policy however mandates a strict two children policy norm.