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Tough time ahead for newly-wed Mumbai couples


Prachi Jatania,CNN-IBN
Feb 27, 2010 at 11:58am IST

Mumbai: Planning to register your marriage and get that mandatory certificate? Well, if you're in Mumbai, you'd be in for a not-so pleasant surprise. That's because there is uncertainty over who will now handle the registration.

Starting March 1, the deputy Inspector General of Registration and Stamps wants to hand over the responsibility to the BMC. This is in line with an earlier Supreme Court order. Already 22 other municipalities in Maharashtra, all except the BMC, are doing it. The Mumbai offices register 3,000 marriages on an average annually.

NO OFFICE TO REGISTER MARRIAGES

- Dy IG Registration to hand over responsibility to BMC from March 1

- SC: Municipal ward officers to register marriages

- 22 municipalities in Maharashtra handle marriage registration

- 3,000 marriages registered in Mumbai per year

A Govt order in August 2009 directed the BMC to start marriage registrations at local-level ward offices. But the BMC has not taken up the task yet. For newly-weds in Mumbai, this bureaucratic tussle could convert their joyous occasion into a legal hassle.

Those who beat the deadline of March 1 count themselves lucky.

"I'm glad we managed to get the registration here," said a man who just got married. "I wasn't aware of this change. But you can see the rush, decentralizing it will be good."

The registrar, meanwhile, has made things safe for himself by notifying the public.

"People won't face any problems. In fact, this decentralising of marriage offices will help people who come from various areas," said Dilip Salunke.

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