Assam Government Repeals Assam Muslim  Marriage and Divorce Registration Act

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Assam Government Repeals Assam Muslim Marriage and Divorce Registration Act

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GUWAHATI: Following the recent enactment of a uniform civil code (UCC) legislation in Uttarakhand, the BJP-led government in Assam repealed the long-standing Assam Muslim Marriage and Divorce Registration Act of 1935. The decision was made during a state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on February 23.

Cabinet Minister Jayanta Mallabaruah described the move as a significant step toward implementing a Uniform Civil Code. Under the new structure, all matters related to Muslim marriages and divorces will be governed by the Special Marriages Act, with the District Commissioner and the District Registrar responsible for registering such events. The 94 Muslim registrars previously employed under the revoked Act will be released from their positions and offered a lump sum payment of Rs 2 lakh.

Mallabarua highlighted the decision’s broader implications, particularly in addressing issues such as child marriage. By repealing the Act, the administration aims to combat child marriage, defined as unions involving individuals under the ages of 18 for women and 21 for men.

In response to the decision, AIUDF president and MP Badruddin Ajmal criticized the move, stating that it would provoke Muslims and polarize voters in favor of the BJP government. Ajmal announced opposition to the repeal of the Act, promising to take action after the elections. He also urged Muslim Marriage Registrars not to accept compensation from the government, emphasizing that they are not beggars.

The decision to repeal the Assam Muslim Marriage and Divorce Registration Act reflects the government’s commitment to implementing a uniform civil code and addressing social issues such as child marriage in the state.