THE INDIAN CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE ACT, 1872

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THE INDIAN CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE ACT, 1872
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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
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PREAMBLE
PRELIMINARY
SECTIONS
1. Short title.
Extent.
2. [Repealed.]
3. Interpretation-clause.
PART I
THE PERSONS BY WHOM MARRIAGES MAY BE SOLEMNIZED
4. Marriages to be solemnized according to Act.
5. Persons by whom marriages may be solemnized.
6. Grant and revocation of licenses to solemnize marriages.
7. Marriage Registrars.
Senior Marriage Registrar.
Magistrate when to be marriage Registrar.
8. [Omitted.]
9. Licensing of persons to grant certificates of marriage between Indian Christians.
PART II
TIME AND PLACE AT WHICH MARRIAGES MAY BE SOLEMNIZED
10. Time for solemnizing marriage.
Exceptions.
11. Place for solemnizing marriage.
Fee for special license.
PART III
MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY MINISTERS OF RELIGION LICENSED UNDER THIS ACT
12. Notice of intended marriage.
13. Publication of such notice.
Return or transfer of notice.
14. Notice of intended marriage in private dwelling.
15. Sending copy of notice to Marriage Registrar when one party is a minor.
16. Procedure on receipt of notice.
17. Issue of certificate of notice given and declaration made.
Proviso.
18. Declaration before issue of certificate.
19. Consent of father, or guardian, or mother.
20. Power to prohibit by notice issue of certificate.
21. Procedure on receipt of notice.
22. Issue of certificate in case of minority.
23. Issue of certificates to Indian Christians.
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SECTIONS
24. Form of certificate.
25. Solemnization of marriage.
26. Certificate void if marriage not solemnized within two months.
PART IV
REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY MINISTERS OF RELIGION
27. Marriages when to be registered.
28. Registration of marriages solemnized by Clergymen of Church of England.
29. Quarterly returns to Archdeaconry.
Contents of returns.
30. Registration and returns of marriages solemnized by Clergymen of Church of Rome.
31. Registration and returns of marriages solemnized by Clergymen of Church of Scotland.
32. Certain marriages to be registered in duplicate.
33. Entries of such marriages to be signed and attested.
34. Certificate to be forwarded to Marriages Registrar, copied and sent to Registrar General.
35. Copies of certificates to be entered and numbered.
36. Registrar to add number of entry to certificate, and send to Registrar General.
37. Registration of marriages between Indian Christians, by persons referred to in clauses (1), (2) and
(3) of section 5.
Custody and disposal of register-book.
PART V
MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY, OR IN THE PRESENCE OF, A MARRIAGE REGISTRAR
38. Notice of intended marriage before Marriage Registrar.
39. Publication of notice.
40. Notice to be filed and copy entered in Marriage Notice Book.
41. Certificate of notice given and oath made.
Proviso.
42. Oath before issue of certificate.
43. Petition to High Court to order certificate in less than fourteen days.
Order on petition.
44. Consent of father or guardian.
Protest against issue of certificate.
Effect of protest.
45. Petition where person whose consent is necessary is insane, or unjustly withholds consent.
Procedure on petition.
46. Petition when Marriage Registrar refuses certificate.
Procedure on petition.
47. [Omitted.]
48. Petition when Registrar doubts authority of person forbidding.
Procedure on petition.
49. Liability for frivolous protest against issue of certificate.
50. Form of certificate.
51. Solemnization of marriage after issue of certificate.
52. When marriage not had within two months after notice, new notice required.
53. Marriage Registrar may ask for particulars to be registered.
54. Registration of marriages solemnized under part V.
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SECTIONS
55. Certificates to be sent monthly to Registrar General.
Custody of register-book.
56. [Omitted.]
57. Registrars to ascertain that notice and certificate are understood by Indian Christians.
58. Indian Christians to be made to understand declarations.
59. Registration of marriages between Indian Christians.
PART VI
MARRIAGE OF INDIAN CHRISTIANS
60. On what conditions marriages of Indian Christians may be certified.
61. Grant of certificate.
62. Keeping of register-book and deposit of extracts therefrom with Registrar General.
63. Searches in register-book and copies of entries.
64. Books in which marriages Indian Christians under Part I or Part III are registered.
65. Part VI not to apply to Roman Catholics.
Saving of certain marriages.
PART VII
PENALTIES
66. False oath, declaration, notice or certificate for procuring marriage.
67. Forbidding, by false personation issue of certificate by Marriage Registrar.
68. Solemnizing marriage without due authority.
69. Solemnizing marriage out of proper time, or without witnesses.
Saving of marriages solemnized under special licence.
70. Solemnizing without notice or within fourteen days after notice, marriage with minor.
71. Issuing certificate, or marrying, without publication of notice;
Marrying after expiry of notice;
Solemnizing, marriage with minor within fourteen days, without authority of Court, or without
sending copy of notice;
issuing certificate against authorized prohibition;
72. Issuing certificate after expiry of notice, or, in case of minor, within fourteen days after notice, or
against authorized prohibition.
73. Persons authorized to solemnize marriage (other than Clergy of Churches of England, Scotland or
Rome);
issuing certificate, or marrying, without publishing notice, or after expiry of
certificate;
issuing certificate for, or solemnizing, marriage with minor, within fourteen days after notice;
issuing certificate authorizedly forbidden;
solemnizing marriage authorizedly forbidden;
74. Unlicensed person granting certificate pretending to be licensed.
75. Destroying or falsifying register-books.
76. Limitation of prosecutions under Act.
PART VIII
MISCELLANEOUS
77. What matters need not be proved in respect of marriage in accordance with Act.
78. Corrections of errors.
79. Searches and copies of entries.
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SECTIONS
80. Certified copy of entry in marriage register, etc., to be evidence.
81. Certificates of certain marriages to be sent to Central Government.
82. State Government to prescribe fees.
83. Power to make rules.
84. [Omitted.]
85. Power to declare who shall be District Judge.
86. [Omitted.]
87. Saving of Consular marriages.
88. Non-validation of marriages within prohibited degrees.
SCHEDULE I.—NOTICE OF MARRIAGE.
SCHEDULE II.—CERTIFICATE OF RECEIPT OF NOTICE.
SCHEDULE III.—FORM OR REGISTER OF MARRIAGES.
SCHEDULE IV.—MARRIAGE REGISTER-BOOK.
CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE.
SCHEDULE V.—[Repealed.]
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THE INDIAN CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE ACT, 1872
ACT NO. 15 OF 1872
[18th July, 1872.]
An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the solemnization in India of the marriages
of Christians.
PREAMBLE.—WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to the solemnization
in India of the marriages of persons professing the Christian religion;
It is hereby enacted as follows:—
PRELIMINARY
1. Short title.—This Act may be called the Indian Christian Marriage Act, 1872.
Extent.—
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[It extends to the whole of India 2
[except 3
[the territories which, immediately before the 1st
November, 1956, were comprised in the States] of Travancore-Cochin, Manipur and Jammu and
Kashmir].] 4
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* * * * *
2. [Enactments repealed.]—Rep. by the Repealing Act, 1938 (1 of 1938), s. 2 and the Schedule.
3. Interpretation clause.—In this Act, unless there is something repugnant in the subject or
context,—
“Church of England” “Anglican”.—mean and apply to the Church of England as by law
established;
“Church of Scotland”.—means the Church of Scotland as by law established;
“Church of Rome” “Roman Catholic”.—mean and apply to the Church which regards the Pope of
Rome as its spiritual head;
“Church”.—includes any chapel or other building generally used for public Christian worship;
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[“India”.—means the 7
[territories] to which this Act extends;]
“minor”.—“minor” means a person who has not completed the age of twenty-one years and who is
not a widower or a widow;
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* * * * *
“Christians”.—the expression “Christians” means persons professing the Christian religion;
“Indian Christians”.—9
[and the expression “Indian Christians” includes the Christian descendants of
natives of India converted to Christianity, as well as such converts;]

1. Subs. by A.O. 1950 for the second para., as amended by A. O. 1937 and A.O. 1948: [NOTE: The Act does not extend to the
State of Manipur, vide Act 30 of 1950, s. 3(2A) and Sch. As amended by Act 68 of 1956, s. 2. The Act has been extended to
and brought into force in Dadra and Nagar Haveli (w.e.f. 1-7-1965) by Reg. 6 of 1963, s. 2 and Sch. I.]
2. Subs. by Act 3 of 1951, s. 3 and Sch., for “except Part B States”.
3. Subs. by the Adaption of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956, for “the States”.
4. In its application to Pondicherry, in section 1, the following proviso shall be added at the end of section 1—
“Provided that nothing contained in this Act shall apply to the Renoncants of the Union territory of Pondicherry.”—
(vide Act 26 of 1968).
5. The commencement cl. rep. by Act 16 of 1874, s. 1 and the Schedule.
6. Ins. by Act 3 of 1951, s. 3 and Sch.
7. Subs. by the Adaptation of Laws (No. 2) Order, 1956, for “territory comprised in the States”.
8. The definition of “Native State” omitted. by the A. O. 1937.
9. Subs. by A. O. 1950, for the definition.
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1
[“Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages”.—means a Registrar General of Births,
Deaths and Marriages appointed under the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1886
(6 of 1886).]
PART I
THE PERSONS BY WHOM MARRIAGES MAY BE SOLEMNIZED
4. Marriages to be solemnized according to Act.—Every marriage between persons, one or both of
whom is 2
[or are] a Christian or Christians, shall be solemnized in accordance with the provisions of the
next following section; and any such marriage solemnized otherwise than in accordance with such
provisions shall be void.
5. Persons by whom marriages may be solemnized.—Marriages may be solemnized in 3
[India]—
(1) by any person who has received episcopal ordination, provided that the marriage be solemnized
according to the rules, rites, ceremonies and customs of the Church of which he is a Minister;
(2) by any Clergyman of the Church of Scotland, provided that such marriage be solemnized
according to the rules, rites, ceremonies and customs of the Church of Scotland;
(3) by any Minister of Religion licensed under this Act to solemnize marriages;
(4) by, or in the presence of, a Marriage Registrar appointed under this Act;
(5) by any person licensed under this Act to grant certificates of marriage between 4
[Indian
Christians].
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[6. Grant and revocation of licenses to solemnize marriages.—The State Government, so far as
regards the territories under its administration, 6
*** may, by notification in the Official Gazette 7
** *,
grant licenses to Ministers of Religion to solemnize marriages within such territories 8
* * * and may, by a
a like notification revoke such licenses.]
7. Marriage Registrars.—The State Government may appoint one or more Christians, either by
name or as holding any office for the time being, to be the Marriage Registrar or Marriage Registrars for
any district subject to its administration.
Senior Marriage Registrar.—Where there are more Marriage Registrars than one in any district, the
State Government shall appoint one of them to be the Senior Marriage Registrar.
Magistrate when to be Marriage Registrar.—When there is only one Marriage Registrar in a
district, and such Registrar is absent from such district, or ill, or when his office is temporarily vacant, the
Magistrate of the district shall act as, and be, Marriage Registrar thereof during such absence, illness, or
temporary vacancy.
8. [Marriage Registrars in Indian States.]—Omitted by the A. O. 1950.
9. Licensing of persons to grant certificates of marriage between Indian Christians.—The State
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* * * may grant a license to any Christian, either by name or as holding any office for the
time being, authorizing him to grant certificates of marriage between 4
[Indian] Christians.
Any such license may be revoked by the authority by which it was granted, and every such grant or
revocation shall be notified in the Official Gazette.

1. Ins. by Act 6 of 1886, s. 30.
2. Ins. by Act 12 of 1891, s. 2 and the Second Schedule.
3. Subs. by Act 3 of 1951, s. 3 and Sch., for “Part A States and Part C States”.
4. Subs. by the A. O. 1950, for “Native Christians”.
5. Subs. by Act 2 of 1891, s. 1, for s. 6.
6. The words “and the Central Government, so far as regards any Indian State” omitted by the A. O. 1950.
7. The words “or in the Gazette of India, as the case may be” omitted by the A. O. 1937.
8. The words “and State, respectively,” omitted by the A. O. 1950.
9. The words and brackets “or (so far as regard any Indian State) the Central Government” omitted by the A. O. 1950.
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PART II
TIME AND PLACE AT WHICH MARRIAGES MAY BE SOLEMNIZED
10. Time for solemnizing marriage.—Every marriage under this Act shall be solemnized between
the hours of six in the morning and seven in the evening:
Exceptions.—Provided that nothing in this section shall apply to—
(1) a Clergyman of the Church of England solemnizing a marriage under a special license permitting
him to do so at any hour other than between six in the morning and seven in the evening, under the hand
and seal of the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese or his Commissary, or
(2) a Clergyman of the Church of Rome solemnizing a marriage between the hours of seven in the
evening and six in the morning, when he has received a general or special license in that behalf from the
Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese or Vicariate in which such marriage is so solemnized, or from
such person as the same Bishop has authorized to grant such license, 1
[or
(3) a Clergyman of the Church of Scotland solemnizing a marriage according to the rules, rites,
ceremonies and customs of the Church of Scotland.]
11. Place for solemnizing marriage.—No Clergyman of the Church of England shall solemnize a
marriage in any place other than a church 2
[where worship is generally held according to the forms of the
Church of England],
unless there is no 2
[such] church within five miles distance by the shortest road from such place, or
unless he has received a special license, authorizing him to do so under the hand and seal of the
Anglican Bishop of the Diocese or his Commissary.
Fee for special license.—For such special license, the Registrar of the Diocese may charge such
additional fee as the said Bishop from time to time authorizes.
PART III
MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY MINISTERS OF RELIGION LICENSED UNDER THIS ACT
12. Notice of intended marriage.—Whenever a marriage is intended to be solemnized by a Minister
of Religion licensed to solemnize marriages under this Act—
one of the persons intending marriage shall give notice in writing, according to the form contained in
the First Schedule hereto annexed, or to the like effect, to the Minister of Religion whom he or she desires
to solemnize the marriage, and shall state therein—
(a) the name and surname, and the profession or condition, of each of the persons intending
marriage,
(b) the dwelling-place of each of them,
(c) the time during which each has dwelt there, and
(d) the church or private dwelling in which the marriage is to be solemnized:
Provided that, if either of such persons has dwelt in the place mentioned in the notice during more
than one month, it may be stated therein that he or she has dwelt there one month and upwards.
13. Publication of such notice.—If the persons intending marriage desire it to be solemnized in a
particular church, and if the Minister of Religion to whom such notice has been delivered be entitled to
officiate therein, he shall cause the notice to be affixed in some conspicuous part of such church.
Return or transfer of notice.—But if he is not entitled to officiate as a Minister in such church, he
shall, at his option, either return the notice, to the person who delivered it to him, or deliver it to some
other Minister entitled to officiate therein, who shall thereupon cause the notice to be affixed as aforesaid.

1. Ins. by Act 2 of 1891, s. 2.
2. Ins. by s. 3, ibid.
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14. Notice of intended marriage in private dwelling.—If it be intended that the marriage shall be
solemnized in a private dwelling, the Minister of Religion, on receiving the notice prescribed in
section 12, shall forward it to the Marriage Registrar of the district, who shall affix the same to some
conspicuous place in his own office.
15. Sending copy of notice to Marriage Registrar when one party is a minor.—When one of the
persons intending marriage is a minor, every Minister receiving such notice shall, unless within
twenty-four hours after its receipt he returns the same under the provisions of section 13, send by the post
or otherwise a copy of such notice to the Marriage Registrar of the district, or, if there be more than one
Registrar of such district, to the Senior Marriage Registrar.
16. Procedure on receipt of notice.—The Marriage Registrar or Senior Marriage Registrar, as the
case may be, on receiving any such notice, shall affix it to some conspicuous place in his own office, and
the latter shall further cause a copy of the said notice to be sent to each of the other Marriage Registrars in
the same district, who shall likewise publish the same in the manner above directed.
17. Issue of certificate of notice given and declaration made.—Any Minister of Religion
consenting or intending to solemnize any such marriage as aforesaid, shall, on being required so to do by
or on behalf of the person by whom the notice was given, and upon one of the persons intending marriage
making the declaration hereinafter required, issue under his hand a certificate of such notice having been
given and of such declaration having been made:
Proviso.—Provided—
(1) that no such certificate shall be issued until the expiration of four days after the date of the receipt
of the notice by such Minister;
(2) that no lawful impediment be shown to his satisfaction why such certificate should not issue; and
(3) that the issue of such certificate has not been forbidden, in manner hereinafter mentioned, by any
person authorized in that behalf.
18. Declaration before issue of certificate.—The certificate mentioned in section 17 shall not be
issued until one of the persons intending marriage has appeared personally before the Minister and made
a solemn declaration—
(a) that he or she believes that there is not any impediment of kindred or affinity, or other lawful
hindrance, to the said marriage,
and when either or both of the parties is or are a minor or minors,
(b) that the consent or consents required by law has or have been obtained thereto, or that there is
no person resident in India having authority to give such consent, as the case may be.
19. Consent of father, or guardian, or mother.—The father, if living, of any minor, or, if the father
be dead. the guardian of the person of such minor, and, in case there be no such guardian, then the mother
of such minor, may give consent to the minor’s marriage,
and such consent is hereby required for the same marriage, unless no person authorized to give such
consent be resident in India.
20. Power to prohibit by notice issue of certificate.—Every person whose consent to a marriage is
required under section 19, is hereby authorized to prohibit the issue of the certificate by any Minister, at
any time before the issue of the same, by notice in writing to such Minister, subscribed by the person so
authorized with his or her name and place of abode and position with respect to either of the persons
intending marriage, by reason of which he or she is so authorized as aforesaid.
21. Procedure on receipt of notice.—If any such notice be received by such Minister, he shall not
issue his certificate and shall not solemnize the said marriage until he has examined into the matter of the
said prohibition, and is satisfied that the person prohibiting the marriage has no lawful authority for such
prohibition,
or until the said notice is withdrawn by the person who gave it.
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22. Issue of certificate in case of minority.—When either of the persons intending marriage is a
minor, and the Minister is not satisfied that the consent of the person whose consent to such marriage is
required by section 19 has been obtained, such Minister shall not issue such certificate until the expiration
of fourteen days after the receipt by him of the notice of marriage.
23. Issue of certificates to Indian Christians.—When any 1
[Indian Christians] about to be married
takes a notice of marriage to a Minister of Religion, or applies for a certificate from such Minister under
section 17, such Minister shall, before issuing the certificate, ascertain whether such 1
[Indian Christians]
is cognizant of the purport and effect of the said notice or certificate, as the case may be, and, if not, shall
translate or cause to be translated the notice or certificate to such 1
[Indian Christian] into some language
which he understands.
24. Form of certificate.—The certificate to be issued by such Minister shall be in the form contained
in the Second Schedule hereto annexed, or to the like effect.
25. Solemnization of marriage.—After the issue of the certificate by the Minister, marriage may be
solemnized between the persons therein described according to such form or ceremony as the Minister
thinks fit to adopt:
Provided that the marriage be solemnized in the presence of at least two witnesses besides the
Minister.
26. Certificate void if marriage not solemnized within two months.—Whenever a marriage is not
solemnized within two months after the date of the certificate issued by such Minister as aforesaid, such
certificate and all proceedings (if any) thereon shall be void,
and no person shall proceed to solemnize the said marriage until new notice has been given and a
certificate thereof issued in manner aforesaid.
PART IV
REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY MINISTERS OF RELIGION
27. Marriages when to be registered.—All marriages hereafter solemnized in 2
[India] between
persons one or both of whom professes or profess the Christian religion, except marriages solemnized
under Part V or Part VI of this Act, shall be registered in manner hereinafter prescribed.
28. Registration of marriages solemnized by Clergymen of Church of England.—Every
Clergyman of the Church of England shall keep a register of marriages and shall register therein,
according to the tabular form set forth in the Third Schedule hereto annexed, every marriage which he
solemnizes under this Act.
29. Quarterly returns to Archdeaconry.—Every Clergyman of the Church of England shall send
four times in every year returns in duplicate, authenticated by his signature, of the entries in the register of
marriages solemnized at any place where he has any spiritual charge, to the Registrar of the Archdeaconry
to which he is subject, or within the limits of which such place is situate.
Contents of returns.—Such quarterly returns shall contain all the entries of marriages contained in
the said register from the first day of January to the thirty-first day of March, from the first day of April,
to the thirtieth day of June, from the first day of July, to the thirtieth day of September, and from the first
day of October to the thirty-first day of December, of each year, respectively, and shall be sent by such
Clergyman, within two weeks from the expiration of each of the quarters above specified.
The said Registrar upon receiving the said returns shall send one copy thereof to the 3
[Registrar
General of Births, Deaths and Marriages].
30. Registration and returns of marriages solemnized by Clergymen of Church of
Rome.—Every marriage solemnized by a Clergyman of the Church of Rome shall be registered by the

1. Subs. by the A. O. 1950, for “Native Christians”.
2. Subs. by Act 3 of 1951, s. 3 and Sch., for “a Part A State or a Part C State”.
3. Subs. by Act 6 of 1886, s. 30, for “Secretary to the Local Government.”.
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person and according to the form directed in that behalf by the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese or
Vicariate in which such marriage is solemnized,
and such person shall forward quarterly to the 1
[Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages]
returns of the entries of all marriages registered by him during the three months next preceding.
31. Registration and returns of marriages solemnized by Clergymen of Church of
Scotland.—Every Clergyman of the Church of Scotland shall keep a register of marriages,
and shall register therein, according to the tabular form set forth in the Third Schedule hereto
annexed, every marriage which he solemnizes under this Act,
and shall forward quarterly to the 1
[Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages], through the
Senior Chaplain of the Church of Scotland, returns, similar to those prescribed in section 29, of all such
marriages.
32. Certain marriages to be registered in duplicate.—Every marriage solemnized by any person
who has received episcopal ordination, but who is not a Clergyman of the Church of England, or of the
Church of Rome, or by any Minister of Religion licensed under this Act to solemnize marriages, shall
immediately after the solemnization thereof, be registered in duplicate by the person solemnizing the
same; (that is to say) in a marriage-register book to be kept by him for that purpose, according to the form
contained in the Fourth Schedule hereto annexed, and also in a certificate attached to the
marriage-register-book as a counterfoil.
33. Entries of such marriages to be signed and attested.—The entry of such marriage in both the
certificate and marriage-register-book shall be signed by the person solemnizing the marriage, and also by
the persons married, and shall be attested by two credible witnesses, other than the person solemnizing
the marriage, present at its solemnization.
Every such entry shall be made in order from the beginning to the end of the book, and the number of
the certificate shall correspond with that of the entry in the marriage-register-book.
34. Certificate to be forwarded to Marriages Registrar, copied and sent to Registrar
General.—The person solemnizing the marriage shall forthwith separate the certificate from the
marriage-register-book and send it, within one month from the time of the solemnization, to the Marriage
Registrar of the district in which the marriage was solemnized, or, if there be more Marriage Registrars
than one, to the Senior Marriage Registrar,
who shall cause such certificate to be copied into a book to be kept by him for that purpose,
and shall send all the certificates which he has received during the month, with such number and
signature or initials added thereto as are hereinafter required, to the 1
[Registrar General of Births, Deaths
and Marriages].
35. Copies of certificates to be entered and numbered.—Such copies shall be entered in order from
the beginning to the end of the said book, and shall bear both the number of the certificate as copied, and
also a number to be entered by the Marriage Registrar, indicating the number of the entry of the said copy
in the said book, according to the order in which he receives each certificate.
36. Registrar to add number of entry to certificate, and send to Registrar General.—The
Marriage Registrar shall also add such last-mentioned number of the entry of the copy in the book to the
certificate, with his signature or initials, and shall, at the end of every month, send the same to the
1
[Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages].
37. Registration of marriages between Indian Christians, by persons referred to in clauses (1),
(2) and (3) of section 5.—When any marriage between 2
[Indian Christians] is solemnized 3
[by any such
person, Clergyman or Minister of Religion as is referred to in clause (1), clause (2) or clause (3) of
section 5], the person solemnizing the same shall, instead of proceeding in the manner provided by
sections 28 to 36, both inclusive, register the marriage in a separate register-book, and shall keep it safely

1. Subs. by Act 6 of 1886, s. 30, for “Secretary to the Local Government.”.
2. Subs. by the A. O. 1950, for “Native Christians”.
3. Subs. by Act 18 of 1928, s. 2 and the first Schedule, for “under Part I or Part III or this Act”.
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until it is filled, or, if he leave the district in which he solemnized the marriage before the said book is
filled, shall make over the same to the person succeeding to his duties in the said district.
Custody and disposal of register-book.—Whoever has the control of the book at the time when it is
filled, shall send it to the Marriage Registrar of the district, or, if there be more Marriage Registrars than
one, to the Senior Marriage Registrar, who shall send it to the 1
[Registrar General of Births, Deaths and
Marriages,] to be kept by him with the records of his office.
PART V
MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY, OR IN THE PRESENCE OF, A MARRIAGE REGISTRAR
38. Notice of intended marriage before Marriage Registrar.—When a marriage is intended to be
solemnized by, or in the presence of, a Marriage Registrar, one of the parties to such marriage shall give
notice in writing, in the form contained in the First Schedule hereto annexed, or to the like effect, to any
Marriage Registrar of the district within which the parties have dwelt,
or, if the parties dwell in different districts, shall give the like notice to a Marriage Registrar of each
district,
and shall state therein the name and surname, and the profession or condition, of each of the parties
intending marriage, the dwelling-place of each of them, the time during which each has dwelt therein, and
the place at which the marriage is to be solemnized:
Provided that, if either party has dwelt in the place stated in the notice for more than one month, it
may be stated therein that he or she has dwelt there one month and upwards.
39. Publication of notice.—Every Marriage Registrar shall, on receiving any such notice, cause a
copy thereof to be affixed in some conspicuous place in his office.
When one of the parties intending marriage is a minor, every Marriage Registrar shall, within twentyfour
hours after the receipt by him of the notice of such marriage, send, by post or otherwise, a copy of
such notice to each of the other Marriage Registrars (if any) in the same district, who shall likewise affix
the copy in some conspicuous place in his own office.
40. Notice to be filed and copy entered in Marriage Notice Book.—The Marriage Registrar shall
file all such notices and keep them with the records of his office,
and shall also forthwith enter a true copy of all such notices in a book to be furnished to him for that
purpose by the State Government, and to be called the “Marriage Notice Book”;
and the Marriage Notice Book shall be open at all reasonable times, without fee, to all persons
desirous of inspecting the same.
41. Certificate of notice given and oath made.—If the party by whom the notice was given requests
the Marriage Registrar to issue the certificate next hereinafter mentioned, and if one of the parties
intending marriage has made oath as hereinafter required, the Marriage Registrar shall issue under his
hand a certificate of such notice having been given and of such oath having been made:
Proviso.—Provided—
that no lawful impediment be shown to his satisfaction why such certificate should not issue;
that the issue of such certificate has not been forbidden, in manner hereinafter mentioned, by any
person authorized in that behalf by this Act;
that four days after the receipt of the notice have expired, and further,
that where, by such oath, it appears that one of the parties intending marriage is a minor, fourteen
days after the entry of such notice have expired.
42. Oath before issue of certificate.—The certificate mentioned in section 41 shall not be issued by
any Marriage Registrar, until one of the parties intending marriage appears personally before such
Marriage Registrar, and makes oath2 —
(a) that he or she believes that there is not any impediment of kindred or affinity, or other lawful
hindrance, to the said marriage, and

1. Subs. by the A. O. 1950, for “Native Christians”.
2. Subs. by Act 6 of 1886, s. 30, for “Secretary to the Local Government.”.
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(b) that both the parties have, or (where they have dwelt in the districts of different Marriage
Registrars) that the party making such oath has, had their, his or her usual place of abode within the
district of such Marriage Registrar,
and, where either or each of the parties is a minor,
(c) that the consent or consents to such marriage required by law has or have been obtained
thereto, or that there is no person resident in India authorized to give such consent, as the case may
be.
43. Petition to High Court to order certificate in less than fourteen days.—When one of the
parties intending marriage is a minor, and both such parties are at the time resident in any of the towns of
Calcutta, Madras and Bombay, and are desirous of being married in less than fourteen days after the entry
of such notice as aforesaid, they may apply by petition to a Judge of the High Court, for an order upon the
Marriage Registrar to whom the notice of marriage has been given, directing him to issue his certificate
before the expiration of the said fourteen days required by section 41.
Order on petition.—And on sufficient cause being shown, the said Judge may, in his discretion,
make an order upon such Marriage Registrar, directing him to issue his certificate at any time to be
mentioned in the said order before the expiration of the fourteen days so required.
And the said Marriage Registrar, on receipt of the said order, shall issue his certificate in accordance
therewith.
44. Consent of father or guardian.—The provisions of section 19 apply to every marriage under this
Part, either of the parties to which is a minor;
Protest against issue of certificate.—And any person whose consent to such marriage would be
required thereunder may enter a protest against the issue of the Marriage Registrar’s certificate, by
writing, at any time before the issue of such certificate, the word “forbidden” opposite to the entry of the
notice of such intended marriage in the Marriage Notice Book, and by subscribing thereto his or her name
and place of abode, and his or her position with respect to either of the parties, by reason of which he or
she is so authorized.
Effect of protest.—When such protest has been entered, no certificate shall issue until the Marriage
Registrar has examined into the matter of the protest, and is satisfied that it ought not to obstruct the issue
of the certificate for the said marriage, or until the protest be withdrawn by the person who entered it.
45. Petition where person whose consent is necessary is insane, or unjustly withholds
consent.—If any person whose consent is necessary to any marriage under this Part is of unsound mind,
or if any such person (other than the father) without just cause withholds his consent to the marriage,
the parties intending marriage may apply by petition, where the person whose consent is necessary is
resident within any of the towns of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay, to a Judge of the High Court, or if he
is not resident within any of the said towns, then to the District Judge.
Procedure on petition.—And the said Judge of the High Court, or District Judge, as the case may be,
may examine the allegations of the petition in a summary way;
and, if upon examination such marriage appears proper such Judge of the High Court or District
Judge, as the case may be, shall declare the marriage to be a proper marriage.
Such declaration shall be as effectual as if the person whose consent was needed had consented to the
marriage;
and, if he has forbidden the issue of the Marriage Registrar’s certificate, such certificate shall be
issued and the like proceedings may be had under this Part in relation to the marriage as if the issue of
such certificate had not been forbidden.
46. Petition when Marriage Registrar refuses certificate.—Whenever a Marriage Registrar refuses
to issue a certificate under this Part, either of the parties intending marriage may apply by petition, where
the district of such Registrar is within any of the towns of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay, to a Judge of
the High Court, or if such district is not within any of the said towns, then to the District Judge.
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Procedure on petition.—The said Judge of the High Court, or District Judge, as the case may be,
may examine the allegations of the petition in a summary way, and shall decide thereon.
The decision of such Judge of the High Court or District Judge, as the case may be, shall be final, and
the Marriage Registrar to whom the application for the issue of a certificate was originally made shall
proceed in accordance therewith.
47. [Petition when Marriage Registrar in Indian State refuses certificate.] Omitted by the A. O. 1950.
48. Petition when Registrar doubts authority of person forbidding.—Whenever a Marriage
Registrar, acting under the provisions of section 44, is not satisfied that the person forbidding the issue of
the certificate is authorized by law so to do, the said Marriage Registrar shall apply by petition, where his
district is within any of the towns of Calcutta, Madras and Bombay, to a Judge of the High Court, or if
such district be not within any of the said towns, then to the District Judge.
Procedure on petition.—The said petition shall state all the circumstances of the case, and pray for
the order and direction of the Court concerning the same,
and the said Judge of the High Court or District Judge, as the case may be, shall examine into the
allegations of the petition and the circumstances of the case,
and if, upon such examination, it appears, that the person forbidding the issue of such certificate is not
authorized by law so to do, such Judge of the High Court or District Judge, as the case may be, shall
declare that the person forbidding the issue of such certificate is not authorized as aforesaid,
and thereupon such certificate shall be issued, and the like proceedings may be had in relation to such
marriage as if the issue had not been forbidden.
1
* * * * *
49. Liability for frivolous protest against issue of certificate.—Every person entering a protest with
the Marriage Registrar, under this Part, against the issue of any certificate, on grounds which such
Marriage Registrar, under section 44, or a Judge of the High Court or the District Judge, under section 45
or 46, declares to be frivolous and such as ought not to obstruct the issue of the certificate, shall be liable
for the costs of all proceedings in relation thereto and for damages, to be recovered by suit by the person
against whose marriage such protest was entered.
50. Form of certificate.—The certificate to be issued by the Marriage Registrar under the provisions
of section 41 shall be in the form contained in the Second Schedule to this Act annexed or to the like
effect,
and the State Government shall furnish to every Marriage Registrar a sufficient number of forms of
certificate.
51. Solemnization of marriage after issue of certificate.—After the issue of the certificate of the
Marriage Registrar, or, where notice is required to be given under this Act to the Marriage Registrars for
different districts, after the issue of the certificates of the Marriage Registrars for such districts,
marriage may, if there be no lawful impediment to the marriage of the parties described in such
certificate or certificates, be solemnized between them, according to such form and ceremony as they
think fit to adopt.
But every such marriage shall be solemnized in the presence of some Marriage Registrar (to whom
shall be delivered such certificate or certificates as aforesaid), and of two or more credible witnesses
besides the Marriage Registrar:
And in some part of the ceremony each of the parties shall declare as follows, or to the like effect:—
“I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I, A. B., may not be joined in
matrimony to C. D.”

1. Omitted by the A. O. 1950.
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And each of the parties shall say to the other as follows or to the like effect: —
“I call upon these persons here present to witness that I, A. B., do take thee, C. D., to be my lawful
wedded wife [or husband].”
52. When marriage not had within two months after notice, new notice required. —Whenever a
marriage is not solemnized within two months after the copy of the notice has been entered by the
Marriage Registrar, as required by section 40, the notice and the certificate, if any, issued thereupon, and
all other proceedings thereupon, shall be void;
and no person shall proceed to solemnize the marriage, nor shall any Marriage Registrar enter the
same, until new notice has been given, and entry made, and certificate thereof given, at the time and in the
manner aforesaid.
53. Marriage Registrar may ask for particulars to be registered.—A Marriage Registrar before
whom any marriage is solemnized under this Part may ask of the persons to be married the several
particulars required to be registered touching such marriage.
54. Registration of marriages solemnized under part V.—After the solemnization of any marriage
under this Part, the Marriage Registrar present at such solemnization shall forthwith register the marriage
in duplicate; that is to say, in a marriage-register-book, according to the form of the Fourth Schedule
hereto annexed, and also in a certificate attached to the marriage-register-book as a counterfoil.
The entry of such marriage in both the certificates and the marriage-register-book shall be signed by
the person by or before whom the marriage has been solemnized, if there be any such person, and by the
Marriage Registrar present at such marriage, whether or not it is solemnized by him, and also by the
parties married, and attested by two credible witnesses other than the Marriage Registrar and person
solemnizing the marriage.
Every such entry shall be made in order from the beginning to the end of the book, and the number of
the certificate shall correspond with that of the entry in the marriage-register-book.
55. Certificates to be sent monthly to Registrar General.—The Marriage Registrar shall forthwith
separate the certificate from the marriage-register-book and send it, at the end of every month, to the
1
[Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages].
Custody of register-book.—The Marriage Registrar shall keep safely the said register-book until it is
filled, and shall then send it to the 1
[Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages], to be kept by him
with the records of his office.
56. [Officers to whom Registrars in Indian States shall send certificates.) Omitted by the A. O. 1950
57. Registrars to ascertain that notice and certificate are understood by Indian Christians.—
When any 2
[Indian Christians] about to be married gives a notice of marriage, or applies for a certificate
from a Marriage Registrar, such Marriage Registrar shall as certain whether the said 2
[Indian Christians]
understands the English language, and, if he does not, the Marriage Registrar shall translate, or cause to
be translated, such notice or certificate, or both of them, as the case may be, to such 2
[Indian Christians]
into a language which he understands;
or the Marriage Registrar shall otherwise ascertain whether the
2
[Indian Christians] is cognizant of
the purport and effect of the said notice and certificate.
58. Indian Christians to be made to understand declarations.—When any 2
[Indian Christians] is
married under the provisions of this Part, the person solemnizing the marriage shall ascertain whether
such 2
[Indian Christians] understands the English language, and, if he does not, the person solemnizing
the marriage shall, at the time of the solemnization, translate, or cause to be translated, to such 2
[Indian
Christians], into a language which he understands, the declarations made at such marriage in accordance
with the provisions of this Act.
59. Registration of marriages between Indian Christians.—The registration of marriages between
2
[Indian Christians] under this Part shall be made in conformity with the rules laid down in section 37
(so far as they are applicable), and not otherwise.

1. Subs. by Act 6 of 1886, s. 30, for “Secretary to the Local Government.”.
2. Subs. by the A. O. 1950, for “Native Christians”.
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PART VI
MARRIAGE OF 1
[INDIAN CHRISTIANS]
60. On what conditions marriages of 1
[Indian Christians] may be certified.—Every marriage
between 1
[Indian Christians] applying for a certificate, shall, without the preliminary notice required
under Part III, be certified under this Part, if the following conditions be fulfilled, and not otherwise:—
(1) the age of the man intending to be a married 2
[shall not be under 3
[twenty-one years]], and the age
of the woman intending to be married 4
[shall not be under 5
[eighteen years]];
(2) neither of the persons intending to be married shall have a wife or husband still living;
(3) in the presence of a person licensed under section 9, and of at least two credible witnesses other
than such person, each of the parties shall say to the other—
“I call upon these persons here present to witness that. 1, A. B., in the presence of Almighty God,
and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, do take thee, C. D., to be my lawful wedded wife
[or husband]” or words to the like effect:
6
* * * * *
61. Grant of certificate.—When, in respect to any marriage solemnized under this Part, the
conditions prescribed in section 60 have been fulfilled, the person licensed as aforesaid, in whose
presence the said declaration has been made, shall, on the application of either of the parties to such
marriage, and, on the payment of a fee of four annas, grant a certificate of the marriage.
The certificate shall be signed by such licensed person, and shall be received in any suit touching the
validity of such marriage as conclusive proof of its having been performed.
7
[62. Keeping of register-book and deposit of extracts therefrom with Registrar
General.—(1) Every person licensed under section 9 shall keep in English, or in the vernacular language
in ordinary use in the district or State in which the marriage was solemnized, and in such form as the State
Government by which he was licensed may from time to time prescribe, a register-book of all marriages
solemnized under this Part in his presence, and shall deposit in the office of the Registrar General of
Births, Deaths and Marriages for the territories under the administration of the said State Government, in
such form and at such intervals as that Government may prescribe, true and duly authenticated extracts
from his register-book of all entries made therein since the last of those intervals.]
8
* * * * *
63. Searches in register book and copies of entries.—Every person licensed under this Act to grant
certificates of marriage, and keeping a marriage-register-book under section 62, shall at all reasonable
times, allow search to be made in such book, and shall, on payment of the proper fee, give a copy,
certified under his hand, of any entry therein.
64. Books in which marriages of Indian Christians under Part I or Part III are registered.—The
provisions of sections 62 and 63, as to the form of the of register-book, depositing extracts therefrom,

1. Subs. by the Act A.O. 1950, for “Native Christians”
2. Subs. by Act 48 of 1952, s. 3 and the Second Schedule, for “shall exceed sixteen years”.
3. Subs. by Act 2 of 1978, s. 6 and the Schedule, for “eighteen years” (w.e.f. 1-10-1978).
4. Subs. by Act 48 of 1952, s. 3 and the Second Schedule, for “shall exceed thirteen years”.
5. Subs. by Act 2 of 1978, s. 6 and Schedule, for “fifteen years” (w.e.f. 1-10-1978).
6. Proviso omitted by s. 6 and the Schedule, ibid., (w.e.f. 1-10-1978).
7. Subs. by Act 2 of 1891, s. 4, for s. 62.
8. Sub-section (2) omitted by the A.O. 1950.
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allowing searches thereof, and giving copies of the entries therein, shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to the
books kept under section 37.
65. Part VI not to apply to Roman Catholics.
Saving of certain marriages.—This Part of this Act, except so much of sections 62 and 63 as are
referred to in section 64, shall not apply to marriages between Roman Catholics. But nothing herein
contained shall invalidate any marriage celebrated between Roman Catholics under the provisions of Part
V of Act No. 25 of 1864, previous to the twenty-third day of February, 1865.
PART VII
PENALTIES
1
[66. False oath, declaration, notice or certificate for procuring marriage.—Whoever, for the
purpose of procuring a marriage or licence of marriage, intentionally,—
(a) where an oath or declaration is required by this Act, or by any rule or custom of a Church
according to the rites and ceremonies of which a marriage is intended to be solemnized, such Church
being the Church of England or of Scotland or of Rome, makes a false oath or declaration, or,
(b) where a notice or certificate is required by this Act, signs a false notice or certificate,
shall be deemed to have committed the offence punishable under section 193 of the Indian Penal Code
(45 of 1860) with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and, at
the discretion of the Court, with fine.]
67. Forbidding, by false personation issue of certificate by Marriage Registrar.—Whoever
forbids the issue, by a Marriage Registrar, of a certificate, by falsely representing himself to be a person
whose consent to the marriage is required by law, knowing or believing such representation to be false, or
not having reason to believe it to be true, shall be deemed guilty of the offence described in section 205 of
the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).
2
[68. Solemnizing marriage without due authority.—Whoever, not being authorized by section 5 of
of this Act to solemnize marriages, solemnizes or professes to solemnize, in the absence of a Marriage
Registrar of the district in which the ceremony takes place, a marriage between persons one or both of
whom is or are a Christian or Christians, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to ten
years, or (in lieu of a sentence of imprisonment for seven years or upwards) with transportation for a term
of not less than seven years, and not exceeding ten years,
3
* * * * *
and shall also be liable to fine.]
69. Solemnizing marriage out of proper time, or without witnesses.—Whoever knowingly and
wilfully solemnizes a marriage between persons, one or both of whom is or are a Christian or Christians,
at any time other than between the hours of six in the morning and seven in the evening, or in the absence
of at least two credible witnesses other than the person solemnizing the marriage, shall be punished with
imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Saving of marriages solemnized under special licence.—This section does not apply to marriages
solemnized under special licences granted by the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese or by his Commissary,
nor to marriages performed between the hours of seven in the evening and six in the morning by a
Clergyman of the Church of Rome, when he has received the general or special license in that behalf
mentioned in section 10.
4
[Nor does this section apply to marriages solemnized by a Clergyman of the Church of Scotland
according to the rules, rites, ceremonies and customs of the Church of Scotland.]

1. Subs. by Act 2 of 1891, s. 5, for s. 66.
2. Subs. by s. 6, ibid., for s. 68.
3. Omitted by the A.O. 1950.
4. Ins. by Act 2 of 1891, s. 7.
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70. Solemnizing without notice or within fourteen days after notice, marriage with minor.—Any
Minister of Religion licensed to solemnize marriages under this Act, who, without a notice in writing, or,
when one of the parties to the marriage is a minor and the required consent of the parents or guardians to
such marriage has not been obtained, within fourteen days after the receipt by him of notice of such
marriage, knowingly and wilfully solemnizes a marriage under Part III, shall be punished with
imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, and shall also be liable to fine.
71. Issuing certificate, or marrying, without publication of notice.—A Marriage Registrar under
this Act, who commits any of the following offences:—
(1) knowingly and wilfully issues any certificate for marriage, or solemnizes any marriage, without
publishing the notice of such marriage as directed by this Act;
1
[(2) marrying after expiry of notice.—after the expiration of two months after the copy of the
notice has been entered as required by section 40 in respect of any marriage, solemnizes such marriage;]
(3) solemnizing marriage with minor within fourteen days, without authority of Court, or
without sending copy of notice.—solemnizes, without an order of a competent Court authorizing him to
do so, any marriage, when one of the parties is a minor, before the expiration of fourteen days after the
receipt of the notice of such marriage, or without sending, by the post or otherwise, a copy of such notice
to the Senior Marriage Registrar of the district if there be more Marriage Registrars of the district than
one, and if he himself be not the Senior Marriage Registrar;
(4) issuing certificate against authorized prohibition.—issues any certificate the issue of which has
been prohibited, as in this Act provided, by any person authorized to prohibit the issue thereof,
shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years, and shall also be liable to
fine.
72. Issuing certificate after expiry of notice, or, in case of minor, within fourteen days after
notice, or against authorized prohibition.—Any Marriage Registrar knowingly and wilfully issuing any
certificate for marriage after the expiration of 2
[two months] after the notice has been entered by him as
aforesaid,
fourteen days after notice, or against authorized prohibition.—or knowingly and wilfully issuing,
without the order of a competent Court authorizing him so to do, any certificate for marriage, where one
of the parties intending marriage is a minor, before the expiration of fourteen days after the entry of such
notice, or any certificate the issue of which has been forbidden as aforesaid by any person authorized in
this behalf,
shall be deemed to have committed an offence under section 166 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).
73. Persons authorized to solemnize marriage (other than Clergy of Churches of England,
Scotland or Rome).—Whoever, being authorized under this Act to solemnize a marriage,
and not being a Clergyman of the Church of England solemnizing a marriage after due publication of
banns, or under a license from the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese or a Surrogate duly authorized in that
behalf,
or, not being a Clergyman of the Church of Scotland, solemnizing a marriage according to the rules,
rites, ceremonies and customs of that church,
or, not being a Clergyman of the Church of Rome, solemnizing a marriage according to the rites,
rules, ceremonies and customs of that church,
issuing certificate, or marrying, without publishing notice or after expiry of
certificate;—knowingly and wilfully issues any certificate for marriage under this Act, or solemnizes any
marriage between such persons as aforesaid, without publishing, or causing to be affixed, the notice of
such marriage as directed in Part III of this Act, or after the expiration of two months after the certificate
has been issued by him;

1. Subs. by Act 2 of 1891, s. 8(1), for clause (2).
2. Subs. by s. 8(2), ibid., for “three months”.
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issuing certificate for, or solemnizing, marriage with minor, within fourteen days after
notice.—or knowingly and wilfully issues any certificate for marriage, or solemnizes a marriage between
such persons when one of the persons intending marriage is a minor, before the expiration of fourteen
days after the receipt of notice of such marriage, or without sending, by the post or otherwise, a copy of
such notice to the Marriage Registrar, or, if there be more Marriage Registrars than one, to the Senior
Marriage Registrar of the district;
issuing certificate authorizedly forbidden.—or knowingly and wilfully issues any certificate the
issue of which has been forbidden, under this Act, by any person authorized to forbid the issue;
solemnizing marriage authorizedly forbidden.—or knowingly and wilfully solemnizes any
marriage forbidden by any person authorized to forbid the same;
shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to four years, and shall also be liable to
fine.
74. Unlicensed person granting certificate pretending to be licensed.—Whoever, not being
licensed to grant a certificate of marriage under Part VI of this Act, grants such certificate intending
thereby to make it appear that he is so licensed, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which
may extend to five years, and shall also be liable to fine.
1
[Whoever, being licensed to grant certificates of marriage under Part VI of this Act, without just
cause refuses, or wilfully neglects or omits, to perform any of the duties imposed upon him by that Part
shall be punished with fine which may extend to one hundred rupees.]
75. Destroying or falsifying register-books.—Whoever, by himself or another, wilfully destroys or
injures any register-book or the counterfoil certificates thereof, or any part thereof, or any authenticated
extract therefrom,
or falsely makes or counterfeits any part of such register-book or counterfoil certificates,
or wilfully inserts any false entry in any such register-book or counterfoil certificate or authenticated
extract,
shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable
to fine.
76. Limitation of prosecutions under Act.—The prosecution for every offence punishable under
this Act shall be commenced within two years after the offence is committed.
PART VIII
MISCELLANEOUS
77. What matters need not be proved in respect of marriage in accordance with Act.—Whenever
any marriage has been solemnized in accordance with the provisions of sections 4 and 5, it shall not be
void merely on account of any irregularity in respect of any of the following matters, namely:—
(1) any statement made in regard to the dwelling of the persons married, or to the consent of any
person whose consent to such marriage is required by law;
(2) the notice of the marriage;
(3) the certificate or translation thereof;
(4) the time and place at which the marriage has been solemnized;
(5) the registration of the marriage.
78. Corrections of errors.—Every person charged with the duty of registering any marriage, who
discovers any error in the form or substance of any such entry, may within one month next after the
discovery of such error, in the presence of the persons married, or, in case of their death or absence, in the
presence of two other credible witnesses, correct the error by entry in the margin, without any alteration
of the original entry, and shall sign the marginal entry, and add thereto the date of such correction, and
such person shall make the like marginal entry in the certificate thereof.

1. Ins. by Act 2 of 1891, s. 9.
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And every entry made under this section shall be attested by the witnesses in whose presence it was
made.
And, in case such certificate has been already sent to the 1
[Registrar General of Births, Deaths and
Marriages], such person shall make and send in like manner a separate certificate of the original
erroneous entry, and of the marginal correction therein made.
79. Searches and copies of entries.—Every person solemnizing a marriage under this Act, and
hereby required to register the same,
and every Marriage Registrar or 1
[Registrar General of Births, Deaths and Marriages] having the
custody for the time being of any register of marriages, or of any certificate, or duplicate, or copies of
certificate, under this Act,
shall, on payment of the proper fees, at all reasonable times, allow searches to be made in such register, or
for such certificate, or duplicate or copies, and give a copy under his hand of any entry in the same.
80. Certified copy of entry in marriage-register, etc., to be evidence.—Every certified copy,
purporting to be signed by the person entrusted under this Act with the custody of any marriage-register
or certificate, or duplicate, required to be kept or delivered under this Act, of any entry of a marriage in
such register or of any such certificate or duplicate, shall be received as evidence of the marriage
purporting to be so entered, or of the facts purporting to be so certified therein, without further proof of
such register or certificate, or duplicate, or of any entry therein, respectively, or of such copy.
2
[81. Certificates of certain marriages to be sent to Central Government.—The Registrar General
of Births, Deaths and Marriages 3
*** shall, at the end of every quarter in each year, select, from the
certificates of marriages forwarded to 4
[him], during such quarter, the certificates of the marriages of
which 5
[the Government by whom he was appointed] may desire that evidence shall be transmitted to
England, and shall send the same certificates, signed by 4
[him] to the 6
[Central Government].]
82. State Government to prescribe fees.—Fees shall be chargeable under this Act for—
receiving and publishing notices of marriages;
issuing 7
[certificates for marriage] by Marriage Registrars, and registering marriages by the same;
entering protests against, or prohibitions of, the issue of 8
[certificates for marriage] by the said
Registrars;
searching register-books or certificates, or duplicates, of copies thereof;
giving copies of entries in the same under sections 63 and 79.
The State Government shall fix the amount of such fees respectively,
and may from time to time vary or remit them either generally or in special cases, as to it may seem
fit.
83. Power to make rules.—9
[(1)] The State Government 10[ may, by notification in the Official
Gazette, make rules] in regard to the disposal of the fees mentioned in section 82, the supply of
register-books, and the preparation and submission of returns of marriages solemnized under this Act.
11[(2) Every rule made by the State Government under this section shall be laid, as soon as may be
after it is made, before the State Legislature.]

1. Subs. by Act 6 of 1886, s. 30, for “Secretary to a Local Government”.
2. Subs. by Act 13 of 1911, s. 2, for s. 81.
3. The words and figures “and the officers appointed under section 56” omitted by Act 48 of 1952, s. 3 and the Second Schedule.
4. Subs. by s. 3 and the Second Schedule, ibid., for “them respectively”.
5. Subs. by the A.O. 1937, for “the G. G. in C.”.
6. Subs. by the A.O. 1948, for “Secretary of State for India”.
7. Subs. by Act 1 of 1903, s. 3 and the Second Schedule, for “certificates of marriage”.
8. Subs. by s. 3 and the Second Schedule, ibid., for “marriage certificates”.
9. Section 83 re-numbered as sub-section (1) thereof by Act 20 of 1983, s. 2 and the Schedule (w.e.f. 15-3-1984).
10. Subs. by s. 2 and the Schedule, ibid., for “may make rules” (w.e.f. 15-3-1984).
11. Ins. by s. 2 and the Schedule, ibid. (w.e.f. 15-3-1984).
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84. [Power to prescribe fees and rules for Indian States.] Omitted by the A.O. 1950.
85. Power to declare who shall be District Judge.—The State Government may, by notification in
the Official Gazette, declare who shall, in any place to which this Act applies, be deemed to be the
District Judge.
86. [Powers and functions exercisable as regards Indian States.] Omitted by the A.O. 1950.
87. Saving of Consular marriages.—Nothing in this Act applies to any marriage performed by any
Minister, Consul, or Consular Agent between subjects of the State which he represents and according to
the laws of such State.
88. Non-validation of marriages within prohibited degrees.—Nothing in this Act shall be deemed
to validate any marriage which the personal law applicable to either of the parties forbids him or her to
enter into.
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SCHEDULE I
(See sections 12 and 38)
NOTICE OF MARRIAGE
To a Minister [or Registrar] of
I hereby give you notice that a marriage is intended to be had, within three calendar months from the
date hereof, between me and the other party herein named and described (that is to say):—
Names Condition Rank or
profession
Age Dwelling place Length of
residence
Church, chapel or
place of worship
in which the
marriage is to be
solemnized
District in which the
other party resides,
when the parties
dwell in different
districts
James Smith.
Windower. Carpenter.
of full age.
16, Clive Street.
23 days.
Free church of Scotland Church,
Culcutta. Martha Green. Spinster.

Minor.
20, Hastings
Street.
More than a
month.
Witness my hand, this day of seventy-two
(Signed) JAMES SMITH.
[The italics in this schedule are to be filled up, as the case may be, and the blank division thereof is
only to be filled up when one of the parties lives in another district.]
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SCHEDULE II
(See sections 24 and 50)
CERTIFICATE OF RECEIPT OF NOTICE
I, do hereby certify that, on the
day of , notice was duly entered in my Marriage Notice Book of the marriage intended between
the parties therein named and described, delivered under the hand of , one of the parties (that is to
say):—
Names Condition Rank or
profession
Age Dwelling
place
Length of
residence
Church,
chapel or
place of
worship in
which the
marriage is
to be
solemnized
District in which
the other party
resides, when the
parties dwell in
different districts
James
Smith. Widower. Carpenter.
of full age. 16, Clive
Sreet.
23 days. Free Church of Scotland Church,
Calcutta. Martha Green. Spinster.
………
Minor. 20, Hastings
Street. More than a
month.
and that the declaration 1
[or oath], required by section 17 or 41 of the Indian Christian Marriage Act,
1872 (15 of 1872), has been duly made by the said (James Smith).
Date of notice entered
Date of Certificate given
Witness my hand, this
The issue of this certificate has not been prohibited by any person
authorized to forbid the issue thereof.
day of seventy-two.
(Signed)
This certificate will be void, unless the marriage is solemnized on or before the day of
[The italics in the Schedule are to be filled up, as the case may be, and the blank division thereof is
only to be filled up when one of the parties lives in another district].

1. Ins. by Act 1 of 1903, s. 3, and the Second Schedule.
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SCHEDULE III
1
[(See sections 28 and 31)]
FORM OF REGISTER OF MARRIAGES
Quarterly Returns
of
MARRIAGES
FOR
Calcutta.
The Archdeaconry of Madras.
Bombay.
I, , Registrar of the Archdeaconry of Calcutta.
Madras.
Bombay.
do hereby certify that the annexed are correct copies of the originals and Official Quarterly Returns of
Marriage within the Archdeaconry
Calcutta,
Of Madras, as made and transmitted to me for the quarter,
Bombay,
commencing the day of ending the day
of in the year of Our Lord
[Signature of Registrar.]
Calcutta.
Registrar of the Archdeaconry of Madras.
Bombay.
Allahabad,
MARRIAGES solemnized at Barrackpore,
Bareilly,
Calcutta, etc., etc.
When
married
Names of parties
Year
Month
Day
Christian
Surname
Age
Condition
Rank or
profession
Residence at
the time of
marriage
Father’s name
and surname
By banns or
license
Signatures of
the parties
Signatures
Of two or more
witnesses present
Signature of the
person solemnizing
the marriage

1. Subs. by Act 12 of 1891, s. 2 and the Second Schedule, for “(see section 28)”.
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SCHEDULE IV
(See sections 32 and 54)
MARRIAGE REGISTER BOOK
Number
Names of Parties Age Condition Rank or
profession
Residence at
the time of
marriage
Father’s
name and
When married Christian surname
name
Surname
1
Day Month Year
James.
Martha.
White .
Duncan.
26
years.
17
years.
Widower.
Spinster.
Carpenter.
……..
Agra…
Agra…
William White.
John Duncan.
Married in the
This marriage was solemnized between us
James
White,
Martha
Duncan,
in the presence of us
John Smith.
John Green.
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CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE
Number When married Names of Parties Age Condition Rank or
profession
Residence at
the time of
marriage
Father’s
name and
surname Christian
name
Surname
1
Day Month Year
James…
Martha…
White…
Duncan…
26
years.
17 years.
Widower…
Spinster
Carpenter
……….
Agra……
Agra……
William
White
Jhon
Duncan
Married in the
This marriage was solemnized between us
James White,
Martha Duncan,
in the presence of us John Smith.
John Green.
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(SCHEDULE V.)
SCHEDULE V.—[Enactments repealed.] Rep. by the Repealing Act, 1938 (1 of 1938), s. 2 and the
Schedule.