If you are planning to tie the knot within the next 15 days in the Capital, think twice, as it may not be the ‘ideal time’ to enter into wedlock. No, we are not talking about the ongoing navaratris, during which marriages are generally avoided by Hindus in large parts of India. Believe it or not, but it is the elections that are playing villain in the love stories of thousands of young couples in Delhi!
With the Lok Sabha polls scheduled for April 10 in the Capital, a majority of officials and employees in SDM and DM offices are busy in election duty, affecting rest of the work. Additional District Magistrates (ADM), who are also marriage officers in their respective revenue districts, are busy with election preparations and the applicants for court marriages either have to return disappointed or wait for hours to get their marriage solemnised.
Issuance of various certificates, like those related to caste, income and marriage registration, too has been put on hold for the next two weeks. Sources said couples who are getting married during this period are being asked to wait till April 10 for registration of their marriage.
Pritam Pal Singh, who went to get his marriage registered on March 26, had to wait for over four hours to get the job done. The reason cited by the ADM’s office in East Delhi District was unavailability of the competent officer due to election duties. Several other couples who had gone to get their marriages solemnised were asked to come back after the elections, citing poll engagements.
“Immediately after the wedding, I have to go to Bangalore for some official work. However, I have been asked to come after the elections and this is disrupting my schedule. As officials are busy with elections, marriage registrations have been put on hold,” said a prospective bride preferring anonymity.
According to an official, on an average, nearly 1,000 couples get their marriage registered in a day. “During peak marriage season, the city witnesses 3,000 to 5,000 marriages daily and on an auspicious day, the number crosses the 20,000 mark,” he added.
Senior officials, however, claimed that the registration process was not on hold, but it had slowed down as staff members, including SDMs and ADMs were engaged in poll duty. “With shortage of staff, marriage registration applications are not being processed as they are done on normal days and the applications have started piling up. So some staff may have asked couples to come after the elections,” a senior official said.
In another instance, Raman Sinha, a consultant with a finance firm, has been asked to get his marriage registered after the elections. “I was asked to get the marriage registered on March 28 but due to staff shortage, it could not take place on the given date. I have been advised to wait till April 10 to avoid further inconvenience,” he said.
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