Registration of divorces: Kerala minister says law to be enacted

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Minister M V Govindan has said that a Law and amendments for the registration of divorces would be enacted in the state.

The Minister for Local Self-Governments further stated that the Kerala Registration of Marriages Rules 2008 would also be amended to include provisions for the registration of divorces.

The action is being taken as per the recommendation of the Assembly committee on the welfare of women, children, transgender community and the differently-abled.

While pointing out that no state in India currently has a law that mandates to compulsorily register divorces, the minister stated that Kerala would be setting an example to the country in this regard.

If there are children during the registration of divorces, details regarding providing security to them would also be included in this. The legislation would also include provisions to ensure a safe future of the children, if the parents were to remarry.

The Law Commission of India's report of 2008 had pointed out the need to register both marriages and divorces. The report had also recommended that this should be made applicable to all citizens in the country, irrespective of religion or personal law. But no legislations were framed on the basis of this.

As marriage and divorce come under the concurrent list of the Constitution, the state has the power to frame a legislation for divorce registration. The legislation would be framed under 'Kerala Marriages and Divorces Registration Act'.

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