Every ceremonial Hindu Marriage, Arya Samaj Mandir Marriage, Anand Marriage in a Gurudwara, Muslim Marriage, Christian Marriage in India would now need to be registered by people of all religions and in all states as per a Supreme Court order in the matter of Seema v/s Ashwani Kumar (2006 (2) SCC 578). A Supreme Court Bench headed by Hon’ble Justice Arijit Pasayat, has directed all states and union territories to come up with a proper legislation within three months making registration of marriages compulsory. The Hon’ble Court further added that marriages of all persons who are citizens of India belonging to various religions should be made compulsorily registerable in their respective states, where the marriage is solemnized.
Compulsory registration of marriages in India, experts opine is the need of the hour and would go a great way in reducing the crime against women, particularly it would check the cases of Non-resident Indians (NRIs) duping Indian girls.
Further, marriage can be solemnised between any two persons under the provisions of the Special Marriage Act, 1954 which is also known as “Court Marriage” in common parlance.