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Marriage registration bill faces road block

Shoaib Iqbal, Rashtriya Lok Dal MLA from Matia Mahal, stated that the historic bill of the city, Delhi Mandatory Registration of Marriages Bill 2012, formulated to protect wives from unscrupulous husbands, was not clear in certain aspects with reference to Muslims and needed to be amended before it could be passed. The issue was taken into consideration by the Delhi Legislative Assembly on Monday, although it was referred to the Select Committee of the assembly.

The Muslim Personal Law Board and the Jamiat Ulema Hind pointed out the lapses in the bill. Talking to Millennium Post, Jamiat Ulama Hind, secretary Niyaz Farooqui, said, ‘We want that Qazi should be taken for consideration of our marriage. Otherwise it will be difficult for us as it will be expensive and difficult for the uneducated people. The bill is also invading in our personal law and it is not justified to have a certificate to prove our marriage, it will be another corruption office for city government.’

If the new act comes into place then every marriage in Delhi should be registered within a period of 60 days from the date of marriage. Otherwise, it would be accepted on payment of late fees as prescribed by the government. Non-registration of a marriage would invoke a fine up to Rs 10,000. At present, there is no such law to provide for compulsory registration of marriage in the country.

Meanwhile, Assembly on Monday passed two bills including Indian Stamp [Delhi Amendment] Bill-2012 and Court Fees [Delhi Amendment] Bill 2012, which were introduced in the Assembly by Delhi Revenue Minister, A K Walia.

Walia while justifying the need and relevance of the Bills, described them briefly and answered the queries raised by the members. Later, the two Bills were passed by voice vote.

Walia stated that an amendment in Article 10 of Schedule I-A of the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 as applicable to the NCT of Delhi. The amendment approved by the Legislative Assembly would help the city government collect its legitimate stamp duty on increase in authorised share capital by companies.

With insertion of Clause c after Clause b of Article No 10 of Schedule I-A, the government would be empowered to invoke 0.15 per cent of the authorised share capital with a monetary ceiling of Rs 25 lakh as stamp duty in the case of increase in authorised share capital of company every time. There was no revision of Court Fees in Delhi since 1958. A committee of Delhi high asked the government to start e-court fee in the Delhi high court. In addition to this, Court Fee in denominations of 40 paise, 25 paise and 50 paise are no more in use.
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