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There is uproar on social media over Sonakshi’s marriage to a Muslim man, marriage of a Muslim woman with a non-Muslim is not accepted in Pakistan


New Delhi: Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha is soon going to marry her boyfriend Zaheer Iqbal. Meanwhile, the news came that Sonakshi’s father Shatrughan Sinha is angry about her marriage. There is no information about the reason why he/she is angry, but people are making various speculations on social media. Users are trolling Sonakshi about her marrying a boy of another religion. A few days ago, Shatrughan Sinha had said that nowadays children inform. They do not take permission. If Sonakshi marries a boy of her choice, then why would he/she be angry. Meanwhile, the news also came that whether Shatrughan Sinha will attend his/her daughter Sonakshi Sinha’s wedding or not. On this, Shatrughan Sinha’s close friend Pahlaj Nihalani has said that absolutely, why not. Shatrughan cannot be angry with his/her daughter Sonakshi for a long time. She is his/her beloved. There is no question of not attending the wedding. Let us know what is the situation of inter-religious marriages in India and the world.

In Pakistan, a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim

In Pakistan, a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim man unless he/she converts to Islam. Most Muslim-majority countries do not accept inter-religious marriage. However, if a relationship is a must, Muslim men are given some leeway. They can marry a Christian or Jewish woman. Muslim girls have to convert to their own religion. Over time, this rule has been relaxed a bit. It was said that women can also marry men of other religions if the other party agrees to give up their religion and accept Islam.

Marriage with Hindu women is prohibited in Bangladesh

According to Hanafi belief in Bangladesh, a Muslim man can marry a woman of his/her own religion as well as a Jewish or Christian woman. However, marriage with Hindu women is prohibited there. There is also a Hindu population in Bangladesh. In such a situation, if a Hindu and a Muslim marry each other, then this marriage is possible only under the Special Marriage Act, 1872.

Inter-religion marriage

Freedom to marry a non-Muslim in Tunisia

Tunisia is the only country among Arab countries that has not banned its Muslim women from marrying non-Muslim men. In September 2017, this country made a law and gave the green signal to inter-religious marriages. After this comes Turkey, where there is no ban on inter-religious marriages. Apart from these, all Muslim-majority countries do not recognize such marriages until the men also adopt Islam.

Inter-religion marriage

Laws were also made in Türkiye, but marriage is done at a young age

Interfaith marriages have also started happening in Turkey. According to the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, under the secular law, a Muslim man can marry a non-Muslim and a woman can marry a person from another religion. There is no legal obstacle in this, but social hurdles keep coming up. Often girls are married at a young age so that they cannot choose a partner of their choice from another religion.

College and educated people are more liberal

According to Pew Research, in India, the more educated people and college students are not behind in establishing contact with people of other religions. About 63 percent of the college educated Hindus included in the survey said that if a Muslim comes to their neighborhood, they would have no problem in accepting him/her. There is more harmony among the people living in urban areas as compared to those living in villages.

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Inter-religious marriage is illegal in countries with Islamic law

There are about 29 countries that follow Islamic Sharia law, which do not recognize marriage between people of two different religions. At the same time, Muslims are also prohibited from marrying a person of another religion in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. These rules are very strict in Iran and Iraq and if the religious belief of one of the couples is not Muslim, then they are separated.

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There is a special law for inter-religious marriage in India

In India, there is the Special Marriage Act, 1954 for inter-religious marriages, which recognizes any couple without conversion, without looking at their caste or religion. For this, couples getting married in the concerned district have to express their intention to marry in front of the marriage officer. A notice is pasted regarding their intention, on which they have to wait for 30 days, so that it can be seen whether anyone is objecting to their marriage. However, no solution has been given in this law regarding the challenges faced by couples getting married inter-religiously. According to Dr. Devnath Pathak, Professor at South Asian University, i.e. SAARC University, New Delhi, India is a pluralistic country, where a person of every religion has the freedom to choose a life partner of his/her choice. With the development of society, its inertia also ends and the society becomes progressive.

Inter-religion marriage

The practice of marrying within one’s own religion to save the group

According to Dr. Dennath Pathak, Professor of Sociology at South Asia University, the Special Marriage Act, 1954 helps in inter-religious marriages. But, in the last decade, there has been a deterioration in the social fabric and inter-religious marriages have started being viewed from a certain perspective. Anthropology shows that even in primitive society, there was a practice of marrying outside one’s own group. As society developed, the social concern to maintain one’s own group increased. The practice of marriages within caste, religion, even region and state increased. Care was taken that same caste marriages should not be same gotra marriages.

Kareena Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore married Muslims

Exceptions were always seen in the elite and the affluent class. Inter-caste and inter-religious marriages were first seen in big cities. Later, when this trend spread to smaller cities, controversies began. There have been many actresses in Bollywood like Kareena Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, who married a person from another religion.

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