So sad to see marriages needing approvals. Isn’t marriages first, about human emotions? Isn’t marriages about free-will, rights, choices, and above all Love between two souls? Yes, true! But the present scenario is a man-made scenario, and that’s why governments have stepped in, and laid down rules and regulations. And, as per the government rules, registration of marriage is compulsory.
First of all, let us be clear that, here, we are discussing a marriage certificate issued by the government. In India, Marriage is a subject matter of state governments. So, a marriage certificate is a certificate given to you by the respective state governments, on getting married. You may call it an official statement (certified by respective state governments) that two people have got united in matrimony. But, to get this marriage certificate, from the government, a civil registration of the marriage is important and necessary. What is civil registration? It is a mandatory marriage registration procedure set up by the Government. The legislations (laws enacted in parliament) by the government is executed by the courts. That’s how the courts come into the picture. In 2006, the Supreme Court of India, therefore, made registration of marriages compulsory.
Why is ‘Registration of Marriages’ made compulsory/mandatory?
This was done to protect the interest of women, in particular (apart from all the other reasons). Until then, there were huge number of cases of marriage related fraud, cheating etc. against women. As per the law, every marriage solemnized or contracted between citizens of India, or, where at least one of them is citizen of India, performed in India or elsewhere, under any law or custom governing such marriages, shall be compulsorily registered.
‘The National Commission for Women’ Draft on the compulsory registration of marriage Bill, 2005.
The commission has supported the need for registration of marriages because registration of marriages is a critical issue and will help:-
1) To prevent child marriages and to ensure minimum age of marriage.
2) To prevent polygamy, unless the same is permitted under any law or custom.
3) To ensure that prior wives get notice of intended marriage.
4) To enable the married women including the women married to NRI/foreigners to claim her right to shelter and maintenance
5) To prevent the practice wherein men desert women after performing the marriage.
6) To act as a deterrent to the practice of selling daughters to any person including a foreigner, under the garb of marriage.
In lieu of the above, ‘The National Commission for Women’ came to a conclusion that, in whatever form marriages are performed, the marriage should be registered to save women from harassment. And, hence came up with this draft law of compulsory registration of marriages.
A marriage certificate is useful in both, personal & professional life of an individual. Life is much easier if you have your marriage certificate with you. In India, Marriages can be registered either under the Hindu Marriage Act-1955 or under the Special Marriage Act-1954. For both types of marriages, a marriage certificate is the legitimate proof that a couple is married. Based on the religious practise of an individual, it depends which marriage act they falls under.
To read more about the two marriage acts, click here.
There are specific documents needed for obtaining your marriage certificate.
Completely filled application form signed by both, husband and wife.
Proof of Address – Voter ID/ Ration Card/ Passport, Driving License.
Proof of Date of Birth of both, husband and wife.
2 passport sized photographs, 1 marriage photograph.
We will help you to book an appointment at the marriage registrar office.
After visiting registrar office, you will get the Marriage Registration Certificate in 1 month.
For all your queries, we have the ‘start to end counselling and solution’ for getting your marriage certificate. Contact: 9821794000.