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Assam To Enact Law Mandating Disclosure Of Religion Before Marriage

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Guwahati: The Assam government is planning to enact a law that will require the bride and groom to declare their religion and income in official documents a month before the wedding, according to a report in NDTV.

The development comes days after several BJP-ruled states publicly expressed their intent to enact laws to check ‘love jihad’ – a term used by Sangh parivar outfits to describe interfaith marriages between Muslim men and Hindu women, which they claim without evidence is part of a “larger conspiracy” to convert Hindu women to Islam.

However, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed the law is “not against love jihad” but would be alike to the ones enacted in Madhya Pradesh and passed in Uttar Pradesh.

“It would be inclusive of all religions and would empower our sisters by bringing transparency…One will have to disclose not only religion, but earning source. Complete family details, education etc. Many a times even in same religion marriage we have found that the girl later finds that the husband is in an illegal business,” said Sarma.

Failure to register details such as source of income, profession, permanent address and religion in a government-prescribed form would reportedly invite legal action. It is however unclear what purpose this data would serve or whether further action would be taken based on this information.

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