TERMING live-in relationships a “dangerous and harmful disease that is affecting society”, a BJP MP from Haryana on Thursday sought the government to “make a law to protect the Indian culture from becoming like the western one”.
The BJP MP from Bhiwani-Mahendragarh, Dharambir Singh, said in the Lok Sabha that it has been a part of Indian culture to “seek the permission and support of parents for marriage in the family and it has helped in protecting relationships”.
“I want to bring to the notice of the government and Parliament a very serious issue. Indian culture is known for its philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (world is one family)’ and brotherhood. Our social fabric is different from others in the world. The whole world is impressed by our unity in diversity,” the MP said.
“A large section of society even to this day gives priority to marriages arranged by parents or relatives. The bride and the groom seek the consent of the parents and arranged marriages are based on a match of several common factors such as social and individual values and likes as well as family backgrounds… Marriage is considered a sacred relationship that continues for seven generations… Divorce rate is about 1.1% in India as compared with America, which has a rate of about 40%,” he said while raising the issue in the zero hour.
Focus on UCC Bill
The BJP MP’s demand comes amid reports that a five-member committee, headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, has suggested in its report on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) that registration of live-in relationships be made mandatory. The Union government is likely to use it as a template for drafting its own UCC Bill, which is expected to come up later. The Uttarakhand government was expected to hold a special session to discuss and pass the report, but the rescue operation for the 41 people trapped in the Silkyara tunnel delayed the meeting, sources said.
Singh attributed the recent increase in divorce rate to “love marriages”.
“Therefore, it is my suggestion that the consent of mother and father of the bride and the groom be made mandatory in love marriages because in large parts of the country marriages do not happen in the same ‘gotra’ and due to love marriages, there are a lot of conflicts in the villages. Scores of families are destroyed in these conflicts, therefore the consent of both the families is important,” the MP said.
Singh said a “new disease” has emerged and this social evil is called “live-in relationship”. Under this, two persons, man or woman, live together without marriage, he said.
“Such relationships are very common in western nations, but this evil is fast spreading in our society and the consequences are horrible. Recently, the case of Shraddha (Walkar) and Aftab (Poonawala) had come to light in which both were in a live-in relationship,” he said, referring to the gruesome murder of Shraddha Walkar allegedly by her live-in partner in Delhi. The MP said that the number of such cases have been increasing almost every day.
“…Hatred and evils are spreading in society. If this (live-in relationships) continues, our culture will die and there will be no difference between us and others,” he warned.
The MP then asked the government to draft a law against live-in relationships so that “this dangerous disease can be eradicated from society”.
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