Bill seeks to curb extravagant weddings

  • A recent bill in the Lok Sabha 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”.
  • The concerned bill is the “The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016”.
  • This bill may be taken up as a private member’s Bill in the coming session.

About the Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016

  • The Bill also wants those spending above Rs. 5 lakh to contribute towards marriages of poor girls.
  • Further, according to this bill, if a family spends above Rs. 5 lakh on a wedding, it has to contribute 10% of the amount on marriages of girls from poor families.
  • Specifically, The bill seeks that “if any family intends to spend more than Rs. 5 lakh 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.”
  • The purpose of this Bill is to prohibit extravagant and wasteful expenditure on marriages and to enforce simpler solemnization.
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