It will soon become mandatory for couples to get marriages registered within 60 days of tying the knot in Delhi. Non-compliance will invite a fine of Rs 10,000. The provision has been made in the draft Delhi Registration of Marriages Bill 2012,which was tabled in the Delhi Assembly on Thursday.
All marriages solemnised in Delhi or marriages solemnised out of Delhi involving a person who resides in Delhi will come under the purview of the proposed legislation, said a government official.
The Bill also seeks to make registration of marriages a simple process as presence of either the husband or wife at the designated offices will suffice. In special circumstances,a couple may even authorise their parents for getting marriages registered,provided the documentation is in order.
The Bill is being brought with an aim to prevent child marriage,check bigamy or polygamy,enable widows to claim right to property and to ensure that deserted women get their rights like financial help and custody of children from their estranged husbands.
Registration of marriage will take place in the office of the Registrar of Marriages in whose jurisdiction either the husband or wife resides or in whose jurisdiction the marriage was solemnised.
If a marriage is solemnised in a foreign country and if the husband or wife resides in Delhi,then such marriage will also have to be registered,as per the draft bill. The Bill envisages registration of all marriages,be it under Hindu Marriage Act,Special Marriage Act or any other Act.
The Delhi government also introduced a Bill in the Assembly proposing a ten-fold hike in court fee and doing away with manual stamp paper.