February 14, 2016
Strengthening Alliances for Humanity and Secularism
Delhi School of Social Work, North Delhi
Registration and Tea (10.00 am – 10.30 am)
Session 1 (10.30 am – 12.00 pm) – Religion and Social Change
Ms. Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, Prof. Manoj Jha, Mr. Avinash Patil and Mr. Hilal Ahmed and Sharing by Participants
Session 2 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm) – Ways in Which People in Mixed Marriage Respond/React to Challenges in Social Interactions with Others
12.00 pm– 12.45 pm — Sharing by couples in mixed marriage (Neeraj & Javed and Ranu & Asif) followed by Interaction with participants
12.45 pm – 1.15 pm — Felicitation of Couples and Parents
LUNCH (1.15 pm – 2.00 pm)
Celebration of Love – The Basis for Universal Peace and Humanity
2.00 pm– 2.45 pm — Taking the Message of Peace to People around the venue
CULTURAL EVENING (3.00 pm – 4.30 pm)
Songs by Couples, Individuals and Participating Organizations
Closing of event with songs by Vinay and Charul from Loknaad
HIGH TEA (4.30 pm – 5.00 pm)
A Consortium of Organizations/Individuals Working on Right to Choose in Marriage and Relationships
New Delhi (Conference Room at Delhi School of Social Work)
Tentative Program Schedule
13 Feb 2016, 3:00 – 3:15 PM
SHARING ABOUT CHAYAN:
By Sh. Avinash Patil (MANS) & Asif Iqbal (DHANAK)
3:15 – 4:00 PM
Sharing by the Participants about their Work and Status of RTC in their work area
4:00 – 4:30 PM
4:30 – 5:30 PM
DISCUSSION ON THE STRUCTURE OF CHAYAN:
5:30 – 6:00 PM
6:00 PM onwards
Marriage Solemnization in Delhi under Special Marriage Act – 1954
— Also known as court marriage
Click on the link to open the document — Information about marriage solemnization and registration
For the last nine years Dhanak has experienced various legal and systemic challenges for couples trying to exercise their constitutional rights related to their marriage. Dhanak is demanding the following changes for the recognition of Right to Choice in Marriage by the government of NCT Delhi.
- Change in the rules/guidelines for implementation of the Special Marriage Act-1954
- Provision of using proof of address from any state in India
- No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to homes/family of marrying couple
- No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to police stations
- Attestation of documents by officials receiving papers for marriage solemnization and registration
- Establishing Government Protection Homes for couples in need
- Establishing Counseling, Guidance, and Marriage Solemnization/Registration Center for Interfaith/Inter-caste couples
- Public awareness Campaign on Gender Equality
- Inclusion of Interfaith Marriage in State Scheme for providing incentives for alliances of such nature
Our Solidarity Home Visit on 17th October 2015 in Gurgaon on October 17th, 2015.
Solidarity Home Visit is our periodic meeting on the issues related to Right to Choose in marriage and relationship. The Solidarity Home Visit is organised in the house of couples in mixed marriage/relationship. Couples or individuals with similar or different background are encouraged participate.
We are a support group for people in interfaith/inter-caste marriages/alliance
A space where people can share their personal experiences related to having a spouse from a different religious identity than their own
A group that can provide relevant information to people wishing to enter an inter-faith / caste marriage – the how of it
A group that addresses stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions that exist in our society associated with inter-faith / caste marriages. Also addresses the fears and apprehensions of parents
A group that holds dialogue and discussions about communalism, religious intolerance and related issues
A group advocating for policy/legislative changes required to overcome some technical obstacles faced in inter-faith / caste marriages, related to children and their religious identity
DHANAK is organising its annual event viz. SAHAS 2015 to celebrate “Right to Choice in Marriage and Relationship” on 14th February (Saturday) 2015. SAHAS is celebration of freedom, love and gender equality in the name of universal peace and humanity. It is a strong reply to the man made differences in the name of faith/caste/sex/region/language etc.
The day will witness sharing, discussions and reflections related to the issues of gender equality, legal, systemic, faith and caste based challenges to relationship based on innocent, natural and selfless feeling called LOVE. It will be followed by celebrating love and togetherness in various forms and cultural program in the evening.
Children are life and their presence is a blessing. So, please do bring your children and other family members too. We ensure several activities for the young ones to keep them occupied during the entire day.
Friends not based in Delhi/NCR are requested to book their travel tickets accordingly and inform us about their travel plans so that we can make the necessary arrangements for your stay. They are requested to take care of their travel expenses. Arrangements for stay and food of outstation members will be taken care by DHANAK members based in Delhi and NCR.
Your presence during the entire day will strengthen our commitment for the cause.