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Declining registration of marriage of 18-year-old man in violation of law: Punjab and Haryana HC

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Punjab Aug 13(ILNS): The Punjab and Haryana High Court on August 10, observed that the decline to register marriage on the ground that the man was of 18 years of age at the time of marriage is a clear violation of the settled position of law.

The plea filed by a couple of marriageable age having one child informed the Court that their marriage was not being registered by the competent authority because, at the time of marriage, the age of the bridegroom was 18 years.

A single-judge bench comprising of Justice Lisa Gill observed that the “Said action, it is stated, is clearly violative of the settled position of law,”

Reference is made to a decision dated March 28, 2008, titled Baljit Kaur Boparai and another Vs. The state of Punjab and another decision dated September 4, 2019, titled Jyoti and another Vs. State of Haryana and others.

In the Baljit Kaur Boparai case, the High Court had directed the Registrar of Marriages that it shall not refuse to register the marriage on the ground that the couple had solemnized their marriage when one of the spouses was less than 21 years of age.

The Court issued notice to the State of Haryana and concerned authorities while adjourning the matter till August 28./ILNS/SS/SNG

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