NEW DELHI — India has launched a nationwide matrimonal registry for marriages in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that requires couples to have their first official Indian matrimonia ceremony in the country.
The court order came in the latest legal challenge to the so-called Hindu matriarchy, in which men marry women from different communities.
The move comes in the face of growing pressure from conservative Indian communities to make marriages legally binding.
The Supreme Court ruled in February that the practice of matrimongering violates the right to privacy of a married couple.
The move by India’s government comes as the United States has moved to ban marriages between Muslims and Hindus, while Australia has a controversial anti-sodomy law.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has called for more Indian women to be educated, said the country has to move forward on equality and justice.