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Marriage Registration - Not taken Seriously Enough in this Day and Age

Marriage registration although being something that the Government is stressing on as much as they can is not being taken as seriously as possible.

There have been instances in the past where wives have been stolen of everything since their husbands just called the quits on the marriage after it was done.

Marriage registration - Not taken seriously enough in this day and age: eAskme
Marriage registration - Not taken seriously enough in this day and age: eAskme
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In an effort to protect the general public from something like this happening again the Government has taken steps and are making marriage registrations mandatory for everyone, through a court hearing.

To handle the registration of a marriage, the people getting married have to approach the office of the Sub Divisional Magistrate under whose jurisdiction the marriage would take place or where either of the spouses stayed for at least six months before the marriage.

India being a largely patriarchal society usually handles this around the area where the family would be living post the marriage, the husband’s residence.

However, there are exceptions where husbands move to their wives houses.

There are two main processes that lie before someone looking to register their marriage and they would have to choose the path that matches their requirements.

These have been drawn by the Government and are the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 and the Special Marriage Act, 1954.

The Hindu Marriage Act takes about a month to process.

It states that the parties getting married have to be Hindus as a primary requirement.

If one of the parties is not, they would have to handle their marriage under the Special Marriage Act.

Some of the processes and paperwork needed are:

Both parties should not be married to another at the time of the marriage.
  • If there is such an issue, the necessary protocols have to be followed to make sure that it has ended and the right procedures have been followed.
Both people getting married should be capable of providing valid consent.
  • Even if both the parties are capable of giving valid consent, neither of them should be suffering from a mental disorder(s) to a degree that makes them unfit for marriage or the ability to bear children.
  • Neither of them has been subject to recurrent attacks of insanity or epilepsy.
Their ages make a big difference and the bridegroom should complete 21 years, while the
bride, 18 years at the time of marriage.


The Special Marriage Act takes about two months to be processed.

Either one of the people in the marriage or both of them would have to be Indian citizens to handle a marriage under this Act.

Other than the religious aspect of the marriage, and the processing time, all the other requirements match the Hindu Marriage Act.

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