No statue exists
Proposed Amendments by Government
To introduce a legislation for compulsory registration of marriages (under
consideration of the Government for more than 15 years) Bill (of 1978) received
with the reference.
Suggested Amendments by NCW
The Commission is of the view that for women registration of marriages is a
critical issue and will help to prevent child marriages and to ensure minimum
age of marriage; to ensure the requirement of consent of the bride to the
marriage and to ensure prohibition against polygamy; - to ensure that prior
wives receive notice of intended marriage.
The NCW noticed certain lacunae in the Bill (of 1978).
Further, to achieve the objective of the Bill, it could be modeled on the
provisions of the Parsee Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936.
To explore the possibility of amending the Births, Deaths and Marriages
Registration Act, 1886 in which provision exists for voluntary registration of
A suitable amendment to the Act along with a suitable amendment to the Hindu
Marriage Act, 1955 will serve the purpose.
A pre-requisite is that the existing machinery for registration of births,
deaths and marriages should be strengthened (financial implications may e well
within reasonable limits.)