J&K Chews The Meat Out Of Weddings
25 May 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: The J&K government has decided to wage war on eating at marriages. Their reimposition of an old rule specifies the amount of meat that may be served at a son's wedding and at a daughter's wedding and what else may be served. And how many you may invite. Permission will have to be taken from the police and the civil administration in the two capitals and two different sets of officials elsewhere. The officials are also supposed to keep a watch on what you're sneaking onto the tables and keep open house on any complaints from anyone about having slipped in an extra cut or bowl. Reimposed is the Guest Control Order, 1973, which was kept in abeyance from 1984. Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, the minister for consumer affairs and public distribution, Taj Mohi-ud-Din, said the order has been reimposed on demands of social organizations and citizens to check the extravaganza in marriages. He said the Order will not apply on religious, political, charitable or philanthropic ceremonies, if the government certifies the nature of the function.