There is no data from the past few months, since Covid-19 entered Bangladesh
There have been reports of quite a number of people getting married despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has put an indefinite pause to everything that we know and hold dear.
However, contacted, the authorities concerned could not provide the exact number of marriages that took place across the country since the first detection of coronavirus in early March.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh Muslim Marriage Registrar Association Secretary General Kazi Iqbal Hossain said: “We, on an average, used to perform around 40 marriages evert month in one designated area but in the last three months that figure has come down to three to five.”
The correspondent found that there are about 7,500 registered Kazi offices across the country.
The association officials however claimed that they do provide the Law Ministry with the number of marriages conducted by them, but failed to come up with any data for June.
Kazi Abdul Kaiyum of the Kazi office in Bashundhara’s Vatara area, said that his office was closed throughout April and May.
“But since the beginning of June, I have conducted a total of 12 marriages. This number used to be around 40 to 50 for every month before the Covid-19 forced government holiday started,” he added.
Echoing the same, Kazi Mawlana Abu Bakar Chakhari of the Kazi office at Farmgate, said: “The marriage rate is now around 5% to 10% of what it was before the Covid-19 outbreak. Now, on an average, I hardly conduct one marriage a day. This number was between 10 to 12 during the pre-coronavirus period.”
Contacted, the officials in charge of keeping marriage and divorce records for the two Dhaka city corporations, could not provide any exact data on the marriages that took place in the capital in the last few months.
A K M Lutfur Rahman Siddique, social welfare officer at Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), said: “We have records of marriages that took place in the city corporation community centres, but we don’t have the data on how many marriages were done every month.”
He as well as the officials of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) told this correspondent to speak with the Law Ministry as every enlisted Kazi is registered with them.
But when contacted, saying that they do not have any database for marriages conducted in the country, Law Ministry officials suggested the correspondent call the Sadar Sub-Registrar’s Office.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Sub Registrar Mohammad Jahid Hossain said: “We keep records of a lot of things but nothing is available regarding marriages.”
When asked why, he said the Office of The District Registrar, Dhaka, might have the information this correspondent was looking for.
However, Dhaka District Registrar Sabikun Nahar failed to provide the necessary figures concerning the number of marriages that took place in the last few months.
She told this correspondent to give her some time so that she can send letters to all the Kazi offices in Dhaka asking them to submit statistics for marriages conducted in 2019 and 2020.
We are waiting to hear more on this matter.