Bangladesh is planning to introduce a marriage registration law for the minority Hindus. But the government feels it should be made optional, since community leaders have been opposing such a registration.

The Cabinet endorsed the draft of The Hindu Marriage Registration Act-2012 on Monday. After vetting by the Law Ministry, the draft will be placed before Parliament.

The Cabinet also approved an amendment of the Vested Properties Return Act (Amendment) 2011 to enable Hindus to reclaim their property taken over by the government and individuals after the 1965 war between Pakistan and India. The draft approves an extension of 150 days to the earlier deadline for a gazette on the list of vested properties.

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