Sharjah govt clarifies 
on marriage cards

SHARJAH - The Office of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, on Wednesday issued a statement saying that local newspapers and websites had failed to communicate the correct and accurate information regarding the issuance of ‘marriage identification cards’ as replacements to ‘marriage certificates’.

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Published: Fri 25 Nov 2011, 12:39 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:39 AM

Through the statement, the Sharjah government said it respects the privacy and freedom of all residents.

The government also asked the media to refrain from publishing inaccurate information that creates confusion among readers. Moreover, the media was cautioned to be more vigilant on its reporting and abstain from unjust criticism of government or private entities. Publications were also directed to gather confirmed and solid information prior to publishing. The statement also clarified that the Sharjah Shariah Court issues ‘marriage identification cards’ in line with the rules and regulations of the UAE Ministry of Justice. The Sharjah Government authorities, including the police, were not responsible for the issuance of the cards.

The Sharjah Media Centre, the communication arm of the Government of Sharjah, stated that all government agencies in the emirate respect the rights and freedom of individuals as well as their privacy. In addition, it called for the community to display judiciousness in their action and to ensure that they conformed to the general manners and etiquettes of Sharjah’s culture.

Counsellor Salim Matar Al Hosani, Head of Sharjah Shariah Court, said: “The marriage identification card is issued by the court under the directives of the Ministry of Justice of the UAE. The card is provided free of charge and is not mandatory. No penalties are imposed on residents for not holding the card. The card will soon be issued by all federal courts in the UAE.

“The goal of this card is to keep all information mentioned in the marriage certificate confidential as these certificates carry many sensitive details. The card is an easy-to-use identification (document) that will act on behalf of the marriage certificates and will make it easier for residents.”

The card contains the photographs of the couple as well as some basic information such as the date of marriage and names of both spouses.

Brigadier Abdullah Mubarak Al Dukhan, Deputy Chief of the Sharjah Police, said: “In line with the Ministry of Interior’s strategy, we aim to protect all individuals and assure them of their freedom; we are here to look after the security of the community. Questioning an individual without a valid reason or inquiry is considered a violation. The Sharjah Police are a responsible institution that cares and respects all residents’ freedom and privacy. Police officers will only question residents about their companions, particularly while in a car. This step is taken only on receiving an alert or for completing an investigation or witnessing suspicious activities that could lead to a crime.”

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