‘This is how the new ‘marriage law’ will affect us’: The next ‘marriage’
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After the Supreme Court of India legalized the right of people to marry and divorce in 2013, the government started a programme to set up voluntary social networks to promote voluntary social unions and to establish a network of social partners to provide social support for couples seeking to break up or end their marriage.
While the programme has been successful in bringing about voluntary social relationships, a new report by the Centre for Social Research has found that it is not yet possible for a large number of people who are not married to become partners in a voluntary social relationship.
In a study by the National Centre for Policy Research, researchers from NCSR’s Centre for Population Policy and Analysis (CIPPA) and the Centre of Social Research (CSR) have been analysing the legal framework of the country’s voluntary social network programmes to see how many people are now able to become voluntary social partners.
They also analysed the data collected on the voluntary social networking platforms to ascertain how many partners are being created for people who do not have formal marriages.
In the case of the government’s voluntary programme, over 4,000 people who were not married were being provided with social partners under the programme.
But over half of these people are not allowed to become the partners of their choice.
“The main reason why the programme is not being implemented is because it is unclear what the social partners are able to do in the social space of the network, or if the social media platforms are a good platform for such a task,” says Keshav Khetan, one of the authors of the report and a PhD student at NCSRI.
A small number of partners have been created for non-marital couples under the scheme.
For instance, a couple can get a social partner through an online platform, or they can use a mobile app or mobile phone app that supports the same.
But, the report found that about a third of the social partnerships have not been created to provide non-monogamous social ties, or couples are not getting any partner at all.
This is why the new programme will need to be more successful, says Kheton.
“I would like to see a big number of social relationships being created, so that the population of people able to form these relationships will be large,” he says.
To make the programme effective, the NCSRT study found that the government needs to create a social media platform that provides social media features and social interactions for people to use in a social space.
These will be important, Khetun says, because they will give people access to social media, and these can then be used to create and maintain these relationships.
The platform will need tools that allow users to connect and exchange information and ideas with each other.
It will also need to create tools that can help people organise social interactions and social support to facilitate the formation of these social relationships.
In other words, the social networks must be designed to make it easier for people in a non-traditional relationship to connect, discuss, share information, and form social ties.
Kheten says the government should create a tool that allows people to share their social ties and the support that they receive.
For the first time, the study looked at how the social network platforms are using data from the programme to provide people with information and social benefits.
The government’s programme, called the Marital Life Allowance, provides a monthly subsidy of Rs 5,000 to people who want to get married but are not ready to get a formal marriage license.
However, a large majority of people living in rural areas and the socially deprived are not eligible for this benefit, says the study.
It found that only a few people in rural India are currently married, and only one in every ten married people is eligible for the Marlthar Allowance.
“People in rural Indian society are not able to access MarlTH.
If we do not provide a MarlTHER, we are not doing our job,” says Anushka Bhatia, one partner of the study who has been collecting data on the programme since 2013.
“Marriage is not something that people are getting.
We are not going to marry anyone.
We have no hope for that.
We just want to have a child, not a marriage license,” she says.
A few months ago, the state government began to offer a subsidy of about Rs 4,500 to couples who are in need of MarlTER.
“We have a small number (of eligible couples) who are eligible for MarlSH, but they have been waiting for over a year for their MarlTR to come,” says Bhatie.
The state government said that Marlter would be a one-off, and that the MarrTER programme would be rolled out from next year.
Bhatie says that the state is trying to help people in these communities
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