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Protests by a Member of Parliament after Christian weds Hindu, and police say marriage is 'illegal.'

Only 5.8% of Indian marriages were separate, according to the 2011 Census, a rate that has not changed for more than 40 years. While in some countries, an increase in education levels is associated with a decline in low-income marriages - marriages in a particular social, racial or ethnic group to strengthen social boundaries - India's educational standards appear to have little effect on marriage, according to a new study.


The level of education of the daughter is at the forefront of defining polygamy: If the girl is better educated, the chances of getting married between people of an inevitable age increase. This is the findings of a 2017 study conducted by the Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, which used data from the latest round (2011-12) of Indian Human Development Survey (IHDS-II) to assess the impact of education on one of India's most stringent class-based practices.


Madhya Pradesh police have announced that marriage between Christian and Hindu women is illegal, following protests by right-wing groups. Joseph Pawar, in his early 20's, and Ayushi Wani, 19, reportedly broke up and got married at the Arya Samaj temple in Bhopal on June 28. They were followed by police to Pavagadh in Gujarat after the girl's parents complained about Hindu Jagran Manch and other right-wing organizations threatening to start a riot. The two are from the town of Jobat in the state-controlled district of Alirajpur. The city noticed bandh on Wednesday as police chief met with families separately in his office. Meanwhile, hundreds of food wing activists gathered outside courtyards.


Ayushi reportedly told Alirajpur SP Akhilesh Jha that he had been dating Joseph, a nursing college student and that he had gone with her of his own free will. He also refused to return to his parents, after which he was sent to Nari Niketan in Ujjain. The Activists say they want the destruction of Joseph for allegedly Ayushi to marry him, but police say no case can be opened against him as he is not a minor. Joseph was escorted to Indore under police protection to ensure his safety.


 


Police, however, said the marriage was illegal, claiming that Joseph was not a Hindu and that to marry Ayushi, he would have to convert to Hinduism following the rules set out in the Freedom of Religion Act. According to  Act, a person who wants to change and who will be presiding over the event must notify district magistrate in advance.


Jha told that, he had decided that the marriage did not work out because it seemed to be the best option ate time, as 300-400 activists surrounded his office with threats and destruction of state property. "There are points of consolidation and removal when the manager decides on such matters," he said. On the other hand, Joseph said that marriage ceremony at Arya Samaj temple was done according to Hindu tradition.


Ayushi's family had filed a complaint on June 26 when he did not return home from college. Activists on right threatened to take to streets when it was discovered that he had spoken to a Christian man, and he gave police until June 30 to bring couple back to Jobat.


Police found that after wedding on June 28, the couple went to Pavagadh, where the couple were brought to Jobat on July 1.


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