Citing lack of proper guidelines, the High Court of Bhutan stopped issuing marriage certificates for couples if one partner is non-Bhutanese from last week.
The Court officials, who refused to elaborate how they used to legalize such nuptials in the past, however, told media-persons that they expected a solution about the complexity within this year.
The Bhutan News Service has learnt that dozens of couples, who were called to collect their certificates, returned empty-handed last week following the Court’s decision to give a temporary pause for issuing marriage certificates.
The government-mouth piece reported Sunday that over 200 couples, mostly with Indian women married to Bhutanese, have been victimized from the decision.
Some of the comment posts that appeared in a few websites following the decision accused the Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley’s government of playing another tactics to bar Nepali-speaking citizens from exercising their basic rights including rights to citizenship, education, travel and employment.
They claimed that majority of couples, who have been denied of marriage certificates, are Lhotshampas.