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Compulsory registration of marriages will reduce crimes on women: Lt. Governor

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DOCUMENTED: Lt Governor Iqbal Singh distributing marriage registration certificates to couples in Karaikal. S.Kamalini, Chairperson, Puducherry Women’s Commission, looks on.
DOCUMENTED: Lt Governor Iqbal Singh distributing marriage registration certificates to couples in Karaikal. S.Kamalini, Chairperson, Puducherry Women’s Commission, looks on.

Staff Reporter

Marriage certificates distributed to over 1,000 couples in Karaikal

KARAIKAL: When social norms fail women, legal arm should prevail. That was the underlying theme of the Puducherry Women’s Commission marriage registration certificates’ distribution event for over 1,000 couples here on Wednesday.

Marriages may be made in heaven, but they need to be registered by the Commission, said S. Kamalini, its Chairperson.

She recalled an incident during her stint as a lawyer in Puducherry when the court could not protect the rights of a woman as a socially wedded wife due to the absence of legal registration. There arose the necessity to provide legal sanctity to a marriage even while it remained socially sanctified.

Presiding over the event, Puducherry Lt. Governor Iqbal Singh spoke of the legal necessity of marriage registration in the face of stark social realities of deceit, desertion, deprivation and neglect of women. He stated that compulsory registration of marriages would help in reducing crime against women.

The Commission has shown the way through registration and distribution of certificates for over 3,125 married couples, said M.Kandasamy, Minister for Social Welfare. He lauded the intervention and proactive role of the Commission and narrated instances where the Commission had ensured marriage of a deserted girl from another State.

Distribution of marriage certificates was the culmination of sustained campaigns by the Commission to create awareness among rural womenfolk of the need for marriage registration.

A.M.H.Najim, Leader of Opposition in Puducherry Assembly, called for giving the Commission more powers and responsibilities considering its proactive functioning. He also called for setting up of women’s dormitories and hostels to ensure the safety of mobile womenfolk in a developing society. Marriage registration certificates were handed over to couples under the Puducherry Hindu Marriage Registration (Amendment) Rules, 2007 and Special Marriage Rules.

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