24 Feb 2024

Assam takes this important step in direction of implementation of Uniform Civil Code

Assam government has decided to abolish the Muslim Marriage Act. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has informed about this decision of the cabinet.

The Assam Muslim Marriage and Divorce Registration Act 1935 has now been abolished.

Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a late night tweet, “The Assam Cabinet has decided to repeal the archaic Assam Muslim Marriage Act. In this law, there were legal provisions for marriage if the bride and groom were not 18 and 21 years of age. This is another important step towards stopping child marriage in Assam.”

While talking to the media, Assam Government Minister Jayanta Malla Baruah has called it an important step towards implementing Uniform Civil Code in the state. He said the decision has been taken by the cabinet. 

Sources said a bill is likely to be tabled in the Assam Assembly, which is scheduled to be in session till February 28.

According to the 2011 census, 34 percent of the population in Assam is Muslims.

Speaking to the media, Minister Jayant Mala Barua said, “Now marriage or divorce of Muslims will not be registered through this law. There is a Special Marriage Act in the state, now marriages will be registered under it.”

The minister said 94 Muslim registrars, who were registering marriages under the Act, will be given a one-time compensation of Rs 2 lakh. 

Himanta Biswa Sarma has said many times that Assam is working towards implementing Uniform Civil Code in the state.

He has also said that his government is also working on bringing a bill to legally ban polygamy.

Sarma has indicated that tribal communities in the state may be kept out of the purview of the Uniform Civil Code.

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