Images of the Notices of Intended Marriage of 13 interfaith couples, who got married or whose marriages were yet to be registered under the Special Marriage Act in Kerala were leaked by right-wing groups. All 13 couples consisted of a Muslim groom and a Hindu bride. This made them a target of a Facebook group called ‘Kavipada’ (saffron army) where the marriage notices were first leaked. Soon after, the images were widely circulated on Whatsapp groups.
As per the Special Marriage Act, the notice of intended marriage is put up on the notice boards of the registration offices for 30 days. After one month, the marriage is formalised by the marriage officer. The notices of intended marriage are also uploaded on Kerala Registration website’s page. Officials found a loophole in the existing system few months ago wherein, full details, which including demographic data is made public on the website. This loophole was exploited by right-wing groups.