Marriage registration compulsory

Govt Moves Amendment Bill To Pave Way For Framing Rules


Jammu, Apr 3: Jammu and Kashmir government is contemplating to make registration of marriages compulsory in accordance with Supreme Court directives.
 Aiming to incorporate the necessary rules, in this regard, a Bill No. 13 of 2013 was introduced in the House today. The Bill provides to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Hindu Marriage Act, 1980 and the Jammu and Kashmir Christian Marriage and Divorce Act, 1957 (III of 1957).
 The marriages under Mulsim law are governed by the personal law.
 The Bill was moved by the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah.
 “The amendments will allow the government to formulate the rules in this regard”, the Law minister told the House.
 “Supreme Court of India in Transfer Petition (Civil) No 291/2005 titled Seema V/s Ashwani Kumar has directed the marriages of all persons, who are citizens of India, belonging to various religions, shall be compulsory registered in their respective states and for that purpose rules are required to be framed by the States”, reads the Bill.
 It adds, “For framing of rules, certain necessary amendments are required to be made in the Jammu and Kashmir Hindu Marriage Act, 1980 and the Jammu and Kashmir Christian Marriage and Divorce Act, 1957 regarding age of bride and bridegroom as eighteen years and twenty-one years, respectively, so that there is no conflict between age of marriage prescribed under the Act and the rules made there under”.
 The government has also proposed enhancement of the penalty for non-registration of marriage under Section 34 from Rs 25 to Rs 500.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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