Some nations in Asia and some African countries have started to embrace support by governments to offer cash awards for marriages by persons with disabilities and persons yet to be disabled.
Moreover, in some countries it has been a practice done through religion.
Some say it is enhancing inclusion while others say it’s an exclusion of an already marginalized persons with disabilities by interfering with the individual choices and autonomy.
In other words, religion has been crucial in promoting marriages among persons with disabilities to persons who are yet to be disabled. In some cultures, this seemed to be practiced in order to secure the unmarried individuals with disabilties although this was not correctly celebrated like other marriages.
It seems now some government want to emulate this practice.
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give cash award of `2.5 lakh to a persons yet to be disabled for marrying a Person
with Disability (PwD). BHUBANESWAR: In a bid to promote social harmony, Odisha Government
has decided to give cash award of 2.5 lakh to persons yet to be disabled for
marrying a Person with Disability (PwD). The Social Security and
Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) department has
floated a new scheme that promises an incentive of Rs 2.5 lakh to be
provided for the wedding between a person who is yet to b e disabled irrespective of
category of disability and a PwD so as to mainstream the latter in the
While the ST/SC Development department has already announced the cash incentive of `2.5 lakh for marriage between SC/ST and other caste, earlier the government was paying `50,000 for the marriage between PwDs. “The enhanced incentive will enable the couple to lead a normal and dignified life and also encourage people to marry a PwD,” said an official of SSPED.
As decided, the financial incentive will be given to the newlywed couple after proper scrutiny. To avail the reward, the bridegroom and bride must have completed 21 and 18 years of age respectively at the time of marriage and either of spouses must have not availed the incentive award under the scheme earlier. The marriage must have been dowry free.
The couple has to apply for it along with their marriage registration certificate. The incentive amount will remain fixed in the joint account of the couple and they can withdraw under joint signature after three years.