Delhi government clears marriage registration bill

With the government Monday clearing the draft Delhi Registration of Marriages Bill 2012, married couples in the capital will soon have to get their marriages registered and failing to do so may invoke a fine of up to Rs.10,000. The bill is likely to be presented in the budget session of the Delhi assembly starting May 28.

The draft was cleared in a cabinet meeting here chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

“Every marriage, solemnised or contracted in Delhi, or out of Delhi by the person who normally resides in Delhi, shall be registered within a period of 60 days from the date of marriage,” Dikshit said after the meeting.

The bill envisages registration of all marriages, be it under Hindu Marriage Act, Special Marriage Act or any other act, or marriage solemnised as per any traditional manner.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had ruled that all marriages should be registered in order to prevent child marriage, check bigamy or polygamy, help women exercise their right of maintenance from the husband and custody of children and enable widows to claim inheritance.