Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016

Indian weddings had become more about showing off your wealth and not about the institution; As a result, poor families are under tremendous social pressure to spend more on Weddings.

MP Ranjeet Ranjan is proposing the Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016.

The proposal could be taken up as a private members bill in the next session of the  Lok Sabha, i.e. Lower House of Parliament.

The worst excesses of the Indian wedding industry may soon be curbed if this new bill is approved.

The proposed bill will not only limit the number of guests and dishes served to avoid waste, but also put a “tax” on the most extravagant newlyweds.

Those who spend over 500,000 rupees ($7,500; £6,000) will have to give 10% of the overall cost to poorer brides to help them pay for their weddings.


By Ritu Gaur

Founder of Reignite Twenties
Resides at The Hague

An educator & writer who preferably scroll on societal issues. An acute life observer, passionate about learning and sharing knowledge; A friend of environment. Believes in the liberating law of the spirit of life

12 replies on “Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016”

This bill is irrational, bereft of conscience and directly violative of the fundamental rights.
People of this country are already paying taxes over their income which includes direct and indirect taxes. The money collected from taxes should be used for the upliftment of women and segregated masses instead of donating it for marriages.


I understand where you are coming from. But ironically, the representative in the house of people (our parliament) didn’t express his views. His actions sought to impose restrictions on the freedom of people.

There is a difference between bringing a proposition and proposing a bill. 🙂

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