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Delhi to relax marriage rules for outsiders?

New Delhi: Amid rising cases of community panchayats punishing couples for marrying within the same sub-caste, Delhi government is mulling relaxing the marriage registration rules which may help lovers from other states to get their marriages registered here without much hassle.

The Delhi Cabinet, which meets tomorrow, is likely to discuss doing away with a clause in the Delhi Hindu Marriage Registration Rules, 1956 under which a marriage can be registered in the city if the couple proves that either of them or parents of at least one of them have been a resident of the area falling under the jurisdiction of the registrar for at least a month, officials said.

Couples wanting to get their marriages registered in the city have been facing difficulty because of the particular clause. Officials said if the Cabinet decides to abolish it then couples from other states will be able to easily get their marriages registered in Delhi.

The move comes against the backdrop of several cases of honour killing taking place in the city also.

Couples facing threat of ‘khap’ (clan) panchayats in neighbouring states will also be able to get their marriages registered in the city.

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