Govt launches pre-marital counselling centres


Matters of common interest have been included in the programme

People from all communities can avail themselves of the services of the pre-marital counselling centres being launched by the Department of Minority Welfare, Minister for Higher Education K.T. Jaleel has said.

Opening the facility, the first of its kind in the State, here on Saturday, he said matters of common interest had been included in the counselling programme prepared by the sociology department of Calicut University and the psychology department of Loyola College, Thiruvananthapuram. Preparations ahead of married life, ethical and legal issues in married life, educational and job prospects after marriage, among other things, form part of the counselling programme.

Mr. Jaleel said the decision to set up the centres was taken in view of the increasing rate of divorce among the young generation and their aversion towards traditional systems of marriage. Proper pre-marital counselling could help avoid many problems that might crop up in the future.

Mr. Jaleel said the 'mahallu' committees could use their discretion to make certificates from these counselling centres mandatory for any marriage. A total of 66 such counselling centres would be set up across the State. Men aged above 21 and women above 18 could register there.

Mr. Jaleel said a civil services academy would be set up at the State Haj committee office. A minority research institute had been planned at Vazhayur in Malappuram district, which could be converted into a training centre for madrasa teachers, he said.

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