The Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed in the Rajasthan Assembly on Friday amid objections from the opposition party (BJP) legislators. Members of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday staged a walkout from the Rajasthan Assembly in protest against an amendment bill for compulsory registration of marriages. The party claimed that this would legalize child marriages. This is black law.
The Rajasthan Compulsory Marriage Registration (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed in the state assembly yesterday on Friday amid objections from opposition legislators. Under the Bill, the information about child marriage will have to be given to their parents/guardians within 30 days of the marriage.
Defending the Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal said the proposed law allows registration of marriages, but nowhere has it been said that such marriages will eventually become valid. The Minister said that if it is indeed a child marriage, then the District Magistrate and the concerned officers will be able to take necessary action against the families.
The opposition termed it as a black law and demanded that the Speaker of the Assembly should conduct a division of votes. The opposition members came close to the Speaker’s podium raising slogans but the bill was passed by voice vote. BJP members staged a walkout when the demand for division of votes was not accepted.
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Earlier, Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore and BJP MLA Ashok Lahoti termed the amendment bill as a black law and said that if the bill is passed, it will be a black day. The MLA said that the bill allows child marriage. BJP MLA Ashok Lahoti told this- If this bill is passed then it will be a dark day for the assembly. Does the assembly allow us to unanimously allow child marriage? By showing our hands, we will allow child marriage. The bill will write a dark chapter in the history of the assembly.
State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal said, you say that child marriages will be valid. Nowhere does this amendment say that such marriages shall be valid. Marriage certificate is a legal document, in the absence of which the widow will not get the benefit of any government scheme.