Poor Girls to get Marriage Assistance

Mon, Dec 21, 2015

Featured, Kashmir, Srinagar

High Court substitute affidavit in place of ‘documentary evidence’ for date of marriage.


Srinagar: The High Court has directed government to substitute word “an affidavit duly sworn-in before learned judicial magistrate  in place of  “documentary evidence”  about fixation of date of marriage in government scheme—State Marriage Assistance Scheme for Poor girls’

Hearing a public interest, a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey also directed the Social Welfare Department to provide the list of identified poor and destitute girls to District Social Welfare officers of all districts so as to inform these girls about the Scheme launched by the Government in compliance of the court’s direction.

Court directed all the District Social Welfare Officers of the State to file the compliance report indicating how many identified girls and women have been informed about the ‘State Marriage Assistance Scheme for Poor girls’ and how may have been extended benefit of this scheme till filing of the compliance report.

Court had earlier directed the Government to implement the directions with regard to grant of benefits and betterment of destitute, poor and needy girls identified by the Social Welfare Department.

Thereafter a draft scheme was formulated and court had directed for second look to the scheme at the hands of respondents so as to implement the directions issued by this court effectively.

The court passed the directions after Advocate General of the State Jehangir Iqbal Ganaie apprised it about the Government scheme and order in this regard which was passed on the basis of a Cabinet decision.

Under the scheme, a poor girl will be provided Rs. 25000 each as well money for purchasing 5 gms of gold.

The government has already identified 3 lakh, 73 thousand and 86 poor girls in the state and the court had asked it to formulate an exclusive scheme by virtue of which they shall be entitled to Rs 25000 and five grams of gold.

The bench observed that the court had made a small effort, to some extent, in alleviating the sufferings of poor class of girls. “These (poor) girls will now be in a position to lead a respectable life.”

Court also directed for implementation of Scheme ‘Hunar’ and sought compliance report about adoption of the scheme.

Court appreciated the efforts made by amicus and senior advocate B A Bashir and Advocate General for ensuring that the implementation of directions issued by it.

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