Marriage registration to become compulsory

April 20, 2014 12:00 am | Updated May 21, 2016 12:23 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

All those getting married in the city from next month will have to get their marriage registered within 60 days of taking the vow. The Delhi Government is likely to issue the notification for compulsory registration of marriage by the end of this month.

“I have signed the order and sent it for publication in the gazette. The law would become applicable from the day the notification is published. It is likely to be published within the next 7-10 days,” said Delhi Government Revenue Secretary Dharampal.

The order for the compulsory registration of marriage was cleared by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung earlier this week. The Delhi (Compulsory Registration of Marriage) Order, 2014, will be applicable to all marriages solemnised in the city under both the Hindu Marriage Act as well as the Special Marriage Act of 1954.

Officials said in order to dispose of the registration application speedily, the Revenue Department could also deploy special officers for the purpose. “The divisional magistrates and additional district magistrates are responsible for solemnising and registering marriages. We are making arrangements to facilitate the process. If required we would rope in former officials for the purpose,” said Mr. Dharampal.

Once notified, the couples failing to get their marriage registered within 60 days of solemnising the marriage would be liable to pay a fine of Rs.1,000.

To be notified within the next 7 to 10 days, says the Delhi Government Revenue Secretary

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