Amid confusion over the National Register for Citizenship (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Act in the last few weeks, people in West Bengal have been queuing up at municipal/panchayat offices to get their papers/voter ID/Aaadhaar cards corrected to avoid any complication in future. Triggering the fear that couples might have to face problems in the absence of complete wedding documents, people are taking their vows again.
Narayan Singha Rai, 54, was a worried man till a few days ago as despite being married for 20 years, he had never thought of obtaining a marriage certificate. He added, “The most interesting aspect was that remarriages were held in front of their children and grandchildren. It was fun as children saw their parents exchanging garlands and greeting each other with roses and sweets. I would like to clarify that the ‘remarriage’ here means not a second marriage. It is the remarriage ceremony with the first wife only,” he added.
Another couple Arun Mishra and Gargi from Kalna said, “The present situation ( due to NRC and CAA) forced us to pay attention to marriage certificates and we are extremely happy to get it through a fun-filled event organized by Anupam,” Mishra said.
Anirban Mishra, whose parents were among those who went for the wedding ceremony, called it a memorable day. “I never thought that because of NRC and CAA, I will be able to see my father’s marriage again. It was indeed very interesting,” he said.