|India||CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE BILL DISCRIMINATORY, CHURCH LEADERS SAY|
Leaders of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) and the National Council of Churches in India have criticised the Indian government's proposed Christian marriage law as "unfair and discriminatory".
They said the proposed Draft Christian Marriage Bill 2000 violates Christians' fundamental rights.
"It cannot be presented in parliament in the present form. ... (It is) totally unacceptable," CBCI president Archbishop Alan de Lastic of Delhi told a press conference on Monday.
The new draft makes it illegal to officiate a marriage between a Christian and a non-Christian in a church. It also requires marriages to be registered under a Special Marriage Act and imposes up to 10 years imprisonment, including a fine, for violators.