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AIDUF chief Ajmal slams Assam BJP govt Muslim Marriage Act repeal

On February 23rd, the BJP-led Assam government has repealed the Muslim Marriage Act and the Divorce Registration Act, 1935.

GUWAHATI:  AIUDF president Badruddin Ajmal on Saturday claimed that repealing the Assam Muslim Marriages and Divorces Registration Act, 1935 was the first step towards bringing in the Unified Civil Code (UCC) in Assam but it will sound the death knell of the BJP government in the state.

On February 23rd, the BJP-led Assam government has repealed the Muslim Marriage Act and the Divorce Registration Act, 1935. Muslims who were under the purview of this law for almost one-third of its population at 35%.

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On Friday, in the late evening along with Cabinet Ministers, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that they have repealed the 88 years old Assam Muslim Marriages and Divorce Registration Act, 1935.

Himanta Biswa Sarma posted the following on social media site X, after the meeting, “On 23.2.2024, the Assam cabinet made a significant decision to repeal the age-old Assam Muslim Marriages & Divorces Registration Act. This act contained provisions allowing marriage registration even if the bride and groom had not reached the legal ages of 18 and 21, as required by law. This move marks another significant step towards prohibiting child marriages in Assam.”

The Dhubri MP said that repealing the Act is the BJP government’s first step towards introducing UCC in the state but it will lead to the downfall of the BJP government in Assam.

‘We will definitely oppose the repeal of the Act but after the elections. We will keep silent for now’, he added.

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‘They are trying to provoke the Muslims and polarise voters in their favour,’ Ajmal told reporters on the sidelines of a programme here.

Referring to the one-time compensation of Rs two lakh to be provided to Muslim Marriage Registrars for their rehabilitation after the Act is repealed, Ajmal said the Qazis are not beggars.

“Through the media, I request them not to accept a single paisa from the government,” he said.

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