Dharampal said government has decided to make registration of marriages mandatory in compliance with a Supreme Court order in 2006. The Delhi Government in 2012 had drafted the Delhi Registration of Marriage Bill which was sent to a Select Committee of Delhi Assembly following objections by a number of MLAs. The Bill got lapsed after the term of the Fourth Assembly expired in December last year. “A month ago the Supreme Court had again ordered that its directions be followed. That is why we are bringing the executive order. It will come into effect on the date of its notification in the official gazzette,” Dharampal said. All the marriages that have been registered under existing laws will not require fresh registration.
The officers already appointed for the registration of marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act, Special Marriage Act or any other law will have the jurisdiction to register marriage under the new order. As per the order, the couples will have to apply jointly in the prescribed Form - A to the marriage officer in their areas for registration of their marriage. The applications will have to be accompanied by “documentary proof of age, citizenship, identification of the bride and groom, solemnization of marriage and place of their residence.” The fee for registration has been fixed at Rs 200. (PTI)