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THE FOREIGN MARRIAGE ACT,1969

Title : THE FOREIGN MARRIAGE ACT,1969

Year : 1969



(1) Any person whose marriage is solemnized or deemed to have been solemnized under this Act and who, during the subsistence of his marriage, contracts any other marriage in India shall be subject to the penalties provided in section 494 and section 495 the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860) and the marriage so contracted shall be void.

(2) The provisions of sub-section (1) apply also to any such of fence committed by any citizen of India without and beyond India.



Any citizen of India who procures a marriage of himself or herself to be solemnized under this Act in contravention of the condition specified in clause (c) or clause (d) of section 4 shall be punishable:

(a) In the case of contravention of the condition specified in clause (c) of section 4, with simple imprisonment which may extend to fifteen days or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both; and

(b) In the case of a contravention of the condition specified in clause (d) of section 4, with simple imprisonment which may extend to one month, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.



If any citizen of India for the purpose of procuring a marriage, intentionally-

(a) Where a declaration is required by this Act, makes a false declaration

(b) Where a notice or certificate is required by this Act, signs false notice or certificate; he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine.



Any Marriage Officer who knowingly and willfully solemnizes a marriage under this Act in contravention of any of the provisions of this Act shall be punishable with simple imprisonment which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees, or with both.
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