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Explainer | Will Sonakshi Sinha’s troubles increase? Interfaith marriage is illegal in Islamic countries

Pratik Mehta

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Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha is going to marry her boyfriend Zaheer Iqbal soon. Users are trolling Sonakshi fiercely for marrying a boy of another religion. Meanwhile, Sonakshi’s father Shatrughan Sinha is unhappy with her marriage. There is also news that he will not attend the wedding of his daughter Sonakshi Sinha. However, Shatrughan Sinha cannot stay angry with his daughter Sonakshi for long. There is also talk that she loves him very much. Sonakshi is not the first actress to marry a Muslim man. Actresses like Kareena Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore have also married Muslims. Inter-religious marriage is not banned in India. However, inter-religious marriage is prohibited in Muslim countries of the world. Its laws are different. Know what are the laws…

Special Act for Inter-religious Marriage in India

India has a Special Marriage Act 1954 for inter-religious marriages. According to this, any couple, irrespective of caste or religion, is recognized without conversion. For this, couples getting married in the concerned district have to express their intention to marry before the marriage officer. A notice has been pasted about their intention. After this, they have to wait for 30 days. So that it can be seen whether anyone is opposing their marriage or not. However, the law does not suggest any solution to the challenges faced by inter-religious couples. Since many castes and religions live in India, people of every religion have the freedom to choose a partner of their choice.

Marriage with a non-Muslim man is prohibited in Pakistan

Muslim women in Pakistan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslim men. However, marriage is allowed if the man converts to Islam. Most Muslim-majority countries do not approve of interfaith marriages. However, some relaxation is given to Muslim youth if they want to form a relationship. They can marry a Christian or Jewish girl. But, they must also convert to the Muslim religion. Over time, this rule has become a little relaxed. Women can marry non-religious men if the other person agrees to give up his religion and accept Islam.

Ban on marriage with Hindu women in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, according to the Hanafi faith, Muslim men can marry Jewish or Christian women in addition to women of their own religion. However, marrying Hindu women is prohibited here. Bangladesh has a Hindu population. 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.

Freedom to marry non-Muslims in Tunisia

Tunisia is the only Arab country that has not banned its Muslim girls from marrying non-Muslim boys. In September 2017, the country passed a law giving the green light to inter-religious marriages. Turkey also does not ban non-religious marriages. Moreover, not all Muslim-majority countries accept such marriages unless the non-Muslim men convert to Islam.

Early marriage is common in Türkiye

Inter-religious marriages have also started taking place in Turkey. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs According to secular law, a Muslim man can marry a non-Muslim woman. A woman can marry a person from another religion. Although there are no legal barriers, there are social barriers. However, there is a practice of marrying girls at an early age so that girls do not choose a partner of their choice from another religion.

Interfaith marriages are illegal in countries with Islamic law

There are about 29 countries in the world that follow Islamic Sharia law. Marriage between people of two different religions is not recognized in this country. Muslims in the Gaza Strip are prohibited from marrying a person of another religion. These rules are very strict in Iran and Iraq. If the religious faith of one of the couple is not Muslim, they are separated from the spouse.

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

For the last few decades, the social fabric has been deteriorating. Inter-religious marriages started being seen from a special perspective. Even in primitive society, there was a practice of marrying outside one’s group. However, as society developed, the social concern to maintain one’s own group increased. The practice of marriages across caste, religion, region and state also increased. Therefore, care was taken that marriages within the same caste should not take place within the same gotra.

Pratik Mehta

Pratik Mehta

I am Pratik Mehta, a passionate business news writer dedicated to covering economic trends, market analysis, and corporate developments.

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