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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.

However, many are welcoming the bill as an attempt to check the tendency of ultra-rich people from showing off their wealth in wedding ceremonies.
Every year, around 120,000,000 wedding ceremonies take place in India, and the cost skyrockets to around 25 Billion USD. Reports say that the cost of marriage is growing at a crushing rate of 30% every year.
The state Govt. of Jammu-Kashmir has already imposed a ban on extravagant wedding; Karnataka state Govt. is also planning the pursue the similar course.


Source: Times of India and NatunBarta