In continuation to yesterday’s article, The Lok Sabha Bill seeking to introduce a limit on the number of guests one can invite and dishes that can be served in weddings to check “show of wealth”. The aim is to “prevent extravagant and wasteful expenditure” in weddings and for more well-to-do citizens to contribute towards the weddings of girls from poorer families.
According to a PTI report, the Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016 — as it is called — may be taken up as a private member’s Bill in the upcoming Lok Sabha session.
This is needed to be checked as it is not good for society at large,” The bill states that if a family spends above Rs 5 lakh on a wedding, 10 per cent of the amount should be given in marriages of girls from poor families, The concept is that families plans to spend over Rs 5 lakh should declare there expenditure and 10 per cent of that amount would be deposited in a welfare fund to be set up by the government to facilitate marriages of poor girls.
An “enforcement” on how to ceremonial a wedding is not democratic in nature,
This bill would have mixed reactions.
Here are some pros and cons to help evaluate its value, going by the preliminary outline:
1. The intention is undoubtedly a noble one as a government welfare fund, could provide some relief to low income families in doing social justice to their key life events.
2. It will uplift the simplicity as it is fair to say that wasteful expenditure is common in weddings as they are treated as high-visibility, public events for displays of prosperity and ‘class’, as the money can be invested in better, beneficial causes.
3. The pressure of the paying for parties specially bride’s family would automatically ease by the virtue of legality.
1. Government Interference in private affairs will be seen unnecessarily
2. The mandatory 10% contribution could be perceived as yet another tax levied on the citizenry, especially as the cap is set to 5 lakhs — a very modest amount by existing urban middle class standards.
3.The law gets counted in “wedding expenses” as there are several cash and gift exchanges take place between families, in addition to the amounts set aside for ceremony venues and meal arrangements.
4. The enforcement of the law would also be extremely tricky as it is likely to result in complications of tracking undeclared and undervalued expenses and thus evasion of the de facto 10% payment.
5. The scope for loopholes is huge as such a bill could likely result in families organising celebratory by-events that are strictly not the wedding ceremony but fit in the ambit of pomp and show around the main solemn occasion. For instance, how would weddings be distinguished from wedding receptions held at a later date.
6. Regulations and benchmarks will be hard to determine and call for significant state apparatus, even in case of the beneficiaries — if the amounts are to be allotted with fairness.
7. Some families don’t mind investing heavily for once in providing for their guests, to make it a memorable, well-catered family event for all. In some progressive cases, both families – bride’s and groom’s – agree to split the check for mutual merriment.
A bill which involves financial transactions and aims to regulate a social cultures specifications.
The 5 Lakhs limit appears very low, at least in urban areas, for treating weddings as taxable extravagant luxuries.
In show-off community-oriented country changing the perception of for a public transformation campaign to make it sink in. There is unlikely to be quick and easy method to do this without compromising fairness.