A Bill placed before the national parliament of India (Lok Sabha) seeks to put a limit on extravagant wedding; the Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016, may be taken up as a private member’s Bill in the upcoming Lok Sabha session in April.
According to Ranjeet Ranjan MP who brought the bill before Lok Sabha, the purpose of this Bill is to prohibit extravagant and wasteful expenditure on marriages and to enforce simpler solemnisation.
The Bill seeks to limit the number of guests to be invited and dishes to be served in weddings as it may deem necessary or expedient to prevent the wastage of food items. Furthermore, if a family spends above Rs 5 lakh on a wedding, it has to contribute 10 per cent of the amount on marriages of girls from poor families. It also emphasizes on the compulsory registration of marriage within 60 days of the solemnisation.