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A Bill in Indian Parliament seeks to put a limit on the number of guests to be invited and dishes to be served in weddings to check show of wealth and wants those spending above Rs. 500,000 (INR) to contribute towards marriages of poor girls, the Hindustan Times reported today.

If a family spends above Rs. 500,000 on a wedding, it has to contribute 10% of the amount on marriages of girls from poor families, according to the Bill introduced by MP Ranjeet Ranjan, wife of MP Pappu Yadav.

The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016, may be taken up as a private member’s bill in the upcoming Lok Sabha session.

The purpose of this bill is to prohibit extravagant and wasteful expenditure on marriages and to enforce simpler solemnisation, Ranjeet told PTI.

“Great importance should be assigned to the solemnisation of marriage between two individuals. But unfortunately, a tendency of celebrating marriages with pomp and show and spending lavishly growing in the country these days,”

 “These days, marriages are more about showing off your wealth and as a result, poor families are under tremendous social pressure to spend more. This is needed to be checked as it is not good for society at large,” she said.

The bill seeks that “if any family intends to spend more than Rs.500,000 towards expenditure on marriage, such family shall declare the amount proposed to be spent in advance to the appropriate government and contribute 10% of such amount in a welfare fund which shall be established by the appropriate government to assist the poor and below poverty line families for the marriage of their daughters”.

It says that after this proposed legislation comes into force, all marriages shall be registered within 60 days of the solemnisation.

The government may fix the limit of guests and relatives and number of dishes to be served to the guests and relatives for solemnisation of marriage or for the reception held thereafter as it may deem necessary or expedient to prevent the wastage of food items, it adds.

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  • Don Thursday, 16 February 2017 07:47 PM

    This is not going go well. via DM Android App

    Srian Friday, 17 February 2017 10:12 AM

    We had it during the 70's... did not go well!!

    seqi Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:36 PM

    just limit the number of available toilets for use by guests and put up a notice...no shitting on the pavements or grass via DM Android App

    Ahmed Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:57 PM

    we want this law in sri lanka

    Damien Thursday, 16 February 2017 08:57 PM

    I think it was during Mrs. Bandaranaike's Govt. in the 1970s that a law was passed limiting the guests at weddings to just 20. If I remember right, her daughter, Sunetra got married during this this time and the rule was applied in that wedding also.Can we expect such strict application of laws today?In any case, we too need such laws now limiting the number to just 50 at most.

    SAM Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:26 PM

    I stand to be corrected, i recall the amount being 125. super move if its enacted.

    kan Friday, 17 February 2017 11:45 AM

    I think 'Ram Rajya' in India is now possible with several laws such as restriction on wedding expenses, just as beginning.Sri Lanka too should follow as there are lot of wastage of food on these type of occasions.


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