The Rajasthan government has ordered that the date of birth of the bride and the groom be printed on all wedding invitation cards. Ostensibly, the idea is to check the practice of child marriages rampant in rural areas of the state. The order requires all printing presses to get a date of birth certificate from the bride’s as well as the groom’s families before printing the wedding cards.
All DCs and SPs have been asked to ensure a strict enforcement of the order across the state.
If the printing press finds either of them to be younger than the legal age for marriage, it has to decline the print order and may even have to report the matter to the district administration, so as to help prevent it. Printers found violating the orders face arrest and six months' imprisonment, and also a fine of Rs.1,000.
The results have been impressive so far. Around 50 child marriages were prevented last year. The project had been launched on a pilot basis at Bharatpur district last year but now it has been extended all over the state.