Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Women’s Commission has recommended making premarital counseling mandatory to register marriages. Though the commission has been offering counseling for couples, no certificates were issued after the session. The certificates will be issued if the government approves the request of the commission. The certificate will become mandatory for registration.
The commission has not clarified whether certificates issued by religious organizations or other institutions are equivalent.
The women’s commission has requested to reduce the maximum gift for the bride to 10 sovereigns of gold and Rs 1 lakh. The net worth of other giftsshall not exceed Rs 25,000. The draft order prepared in 2021 to curb dowry is under consideration by the government.
The commission demanded to make counseling for parents be mandatory and issued guidelines to limit the show of luxury and the number of invitees at the function.