Ordinance to make marriage registration mandatory in Haryana

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Chandigarh, Feb 4 (UNI) Haryana Cabinet today decided to promulgate the Haryana Compulsory Registration of Marriages Ordinance-2008 to provide for compulsory registration of all marriages solemnised in the State irrespective of caste, creed and religion.

The cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda here, approved the proposal of the State Home Department in this respect. The promulgation of this Ordinance was necessitated as the Assembly was not in session when the Supreme Court had on October 25 last year directed that registration of marriages be made compulsory and the order be complied forthwith.

After the date of commencement of the Ordinance, every marriage solemnised in the State, irrespective of caste, religion or creed shall be registered under its provisions of this Ordinance.

In case, the marriage is already registered outside the State, it shall not be registered again in Haryana. Residents of the state who solemnised marriage outside the State or were married before the date of commencement of this law may also get their marriages registered.

A Chief Registrar would be appointed as the Chief Executive Authority for the execution of the provisions of this Ordinance and the rules made there.

Some states like Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have already enacted their Acts to provide for compulsory registration of marriages.

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