Tuesday, November 29

West Bengal: Sit at home, register marriage online

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Bengal has become the second state after New Delhi to give citizens the option of tying the knot online. Citizens can choose from around 1,500 marriage registrars across Bengal and get hitched without having to visit the registry office once.

The process, say officials, is “absolutely seamless”. You go to the site (rgmwb.gov.in), fill up the form, give personal and physical details required and pay the registration fee online. Only the ultimate step — signing on the dotted line in the presence of three witnesses — is offline.

The process started on December 9, with a Bankshal Court lawyer-cum-notary and his wife becoming the first couple in Bengal to get the online marriage registration certificate. Kamal and Radha Paul got married in February 1988 but never got around to registering it.

“My elder brother was the family senior and he used to take all the key decisions,” Kamal told TOI. “Neither he nor anyone else advised us to get our marriage registered and we, too, never thought of doing that. But one of my friends, who is a marriage registrar, recently advised me to go in for the registration to avoid any hassle future,” he added, explaining the decision to “get married officially” 30 years after their social marriage.

Kamal Paul’s friend, marriage registrar Biswajit Sur, thus became the first person in the state to “conduct an online marriage”. “The process is simple. You have to select the marriage officer and then fill up the form with all the necessary details,” Sur said.

The first week of the new regime saw four people applying for online marriage registration in Bengal, registrar-general of marriage Mridul Halder said.

“We do around 1.3 lakh registrations every year under the Hindu Marriage Act and the Special Marriage Act. We have already started training marriage officers so that the online system does not pose a problem to would be couples. Minister Moloy Ghatak helped us a lot in our endeavour,” he added.

The current offline system of marriage registry will continue till May 2019. “But, from June 2019, there will be only online registration of marriages in West Bengal,” Halder said.

Source: Times of India

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