Amid "Love Jihad" Row, Assam's Twist: Couple Must State Religion, Income
Assam is planning a law that will require the bride and groom to declare their religion and income in official documents a month before the wedding. Against the backdrop of many other BJP-ruled states bringing in laws to check "love jihad", the Assam government says its aim is to "empower our sisters".
The ruling BJP's move comes ahead of polls in Assam next year, which the party is confident of winning. State Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said his government's law was not entirely like the ones in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, but would be similar.