Remove Notice Period for Interfaith Marriage

Plea in Delhi High Court

अभी तो ली अंगड़ाई है आगे और लड़ाई है….
A big step in the making of a modern, secular, democratic India

Today, we celebrate a small but extremely important victory in doing away with the 30-day notice period that is mandatory to register interfaith marriages.

A Muslim woman through our NGO DHANAK has questioned before the Delhi High Court the validity of a 30-day notice period.

For those who are not aware of the issues with the thirty day notice period – states post public notices of a couple’s intent to get married to basically invite objections by anyone. Many states also send out notices to the residences of the couple. Listed below are the arguments put forth –

* This is essentially breach of privacy of the persons applying for marriage and also jeopardizes their life and liberty.

* By waiting for people to come and object to the marriage, the public notice in itself is a presumption of wrongdoing by the applicants.

* The procedural tediousness forces couples to adopt alternate measure of marrying in a religious place of worship or converting to another religion to marry.

* It discourages couples from registering their marriage altogether because marriages outside the purview of the Act remain valid even without registration.

The state and central government will submit their responses in July, 2019. Click this link to read the article in the Times of India.


Stay tuned to hear what lies ahead in our struggle!

Interfaith Marriages and Negotiated Spaces – An article by Shweta Verma and Neelam Sukhramani

A discourse on interfaith marriages in India at present involves diverse narratives ranging from opposition and resistance to acceptance. These alliances deserve greater focus in terms of their uniqueness, challenges as well as everyday negotiations that form part of their lives. Based on narratives of respondents from Dhanak, an organisation of inter-caste and interfaith couples, this article presents some domains of their lives and spaces being negotiated by them within their families. These domains include the issue of conversion, protecting identity, celebration of diversity and socialization of children, perceptions of themselves
vis-à-vis other families and parental outlook towards the alliance.

Click here to read the entire article: Interfaith Marriages and Negotiated Spaces

Seminar Invite: Mixed Marriages – Challenges and Potential

Dhanak has organized a seminar on “Mixed Marriages – Challenges and Potential” on November 26, 2016. We have invited distinguished speakers engaged in this domain to participate in the seminar. We would be delighted and honored if you can spare some time from your schedule to attend this seminar.

VENUE: Jawaharlal Nehru National Youth Centre (ND Tiwari Bhawan)
219, 2nd Floor, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg, (Near ITO Crossing), New Delhi

Date & Time: 26th November, 2016; 3 PM TO 6 PM

Objectives:

 To understand whether religion is really divisive or misinterpreted for vested reasons by religious gurus, and;

 To put the same question of mixed marriages before different religions vis-à- vis individual rights enshrined in the constitution of India.

The participants in the discussion will comprise aspiring and married couples with inter-religion/caste background and individuals with diverse background.

SPEAKERS

 Prof. Rita Bagchi (Former Professor of Hindu Philosophy and Religions at Jamia Hamdard),

 Shri. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi (Independent Writer & Scholar, Researcher in Culture and Communication Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia)

 Dr. M D Thomas (Director, Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies)
Please contact Asif at: 8750157676 for any questions.

CHAYAN MEETUP – Mark your calendar!

A Consortium of Organizations/Individuals Working on Right to Choose in Marriage and Relationships

VENUE:
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

INTRODUCTION:
Sharing by the Participants about their Work and Status of RTC in their work area
4:00 – 4:30 PM

TEA:
4:30 – 5:30 PM

DISCUSSION ON THE STRUCTURE OF CHAYAN:
5:30 – 6:00 PM

FUTURE WORK:
6:00 PM onwards

Proposed legal and systemic changes by Dhanak for Right to Choice in Marriage

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.

Dhanak demands:

  • Change in the rules/guidelines for implementation of the Special Marriage Act-1954
    1. Provision of using proof of address from any state in India
    2. No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to homes/family of marrying couple
    3. No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to police stations
    4. 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

Did you know?

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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