Manipuri Activist Irom Sharmila Set To Register Marriage With Long-Time British Partner

Human rights activist Irom Sharmila submitted papers for her marriage with her long-time partner Desmond Coutinho at the sub-registrar’s office in Kodaikanal on Wednesday morning. Ms. Irom and Mr. Coutinho spent two hours at the office completing the formalities to register their marriage. However, Sub-Registrar Rajesh said that he could not grant permission for their marriage immediately as per the Hindu Marriage Act. As the marriage was inter-religious, they would need to register it under the Special Marriage Act, which requires a 30-day notice period.