Bangladeshi Hindus urge govt ‘not to make marriage registration a must’

Dhaka, Aug 24 (

A platform of Hindu minority on Friday threatened to foil the government move to make Hindu marriage registration mandatory.

Advocate Ashok Kumar Ghosh, General Secretary of Bangladesh Minority Sangram Parishad that opposes the reformation in the Hindu Family Law, issued the threat from a human-chain protest in front of the National Press Club.
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The Supreme Court lawyer termed the initiative ‘an insult to Hindu rules and family tradition’ and asked the government not to make the new law.

“We strongly oppose the reformation in the name of women empowerment by violating the sacred religious precept and manner. We’ll wage a mass movement if the government does not refrain from formulating such law,” he added.

Law Minister Shafique Ahmed on July 3 placed a bill in Parliament titled “Hindu Marriage Registration Bill-2012′ that aims at providing legal and social protection to Hindu members particularly safeguarding women from marriage-related cheating from their husbands.

It also aims to ensure the rights of the Hindu married daughters who are deprived of most of their rights, including their equal rights or inheritance to the parental property as well as husband’s property. As per the proposed law, without any specific reason polygamy is a punitive offence.

The bill is now under consideration and scrutiny of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.

Parishad President Ashok Taru, Organising Secretary S K Badal and Dhaka metropolitan unit President Pintu Mitra also spoke at the programme, among others.

The speakers also demanded an end to the repression on the religious minorities across the country.