Aina Khan OBE gave a talk at the British Islam Conference, to build awareness of the lack of legal rights in unregistered nikahs and the ensuing tragedies.
You can get married by a civil ceremony or a religious ceremony. In both cases, the following legal requirements must be met:
• the marriage must be conducted by a person or in the presence of a person authorised to register marriages in the district
• the marriage must be entered in the marriage register and signed by both parties, two witnesses, the person who conducted the ceremony and if that person is not authorised to register marriages, the person who is registering the marriage.
Led by Aina Khan, Register Our Marriage is a campaign aimed to raise awareness of the fact that spouses are not protected by English law in unregistered religious marriages which have been conducted in the UK.
ROM is a dedicated group of people spread all over England and Wales, comprising of lawyers, academics, parliamentarians and other stakeholders working together and representing a cross-section of British society, both men and women, young and old, religious and secular.