Karnataka Online Marriage Registration Plan Runs up against ‘Love Jihad’ Bogey

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BENGALURU – Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah made an announcement with zeal addressing couples who are entering into wedlock.

“You need not visit the Sub registrar’s office to get the registration of your marriage done. The provision for online registration of marriages will be done,” he said. He also proposed to enable couples to register their marriages in gram panchayats.

The government also enabled registration of marriage through the Kaveri 2.0 software application. The marriages can also be registered at Bapu Seva centres and Grama One centres.

“Until now, the marriage registrations were done at only sub-registration offices. To bring flexibility in the process, the provision of online submission of applications is provided,” CM Siddaramaiah had announced.

However, the move has angered Hindutva vigilantes and the BJP. Soon after the presentation of the budget, the Karnataka BJP unit had objected to the provision. Hindutva leaders slammed the Congress government claiming that the new measure will help the elements carrying out love-jihad against Hindu young girls and women.        

Suryanarayan, All India Bajrang Dal Co-Convenor, while talking to IANS, stated, “On behalf of the organisation, we will surely oppose the decision. Secondly, this system is not good”.

“The government should not implement this and continue the older method in registration of marriages” Suryanarayan stated.

The number of love-jihad cases will rise following the government’s decision, claimed Sri Rama Sena founder Pramod Muthalik. He urged the Congress government not to allow online registration of marriages.  

“The online marriage registration system should not be implemented at any cost,” he demanded. -IANS

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