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THE INDIAN CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE ACT, 1872

Title : THE INDIAN CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE ACT, 1872

Year : 1872



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 married 2*[shall not be under 3*[s twenty-one year], and the age of the woman intending to be married shall not be under 4*[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:

5* * * * *

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1. Subs. by the A. O. 1950, for "Native".

2. As to validation of past marriages solemnized under Part VI between persons of whom one only was an Indian Christian, and penalty for solemnizing such marriages under Part VI in future, see the Marriages Validation Act, 1892 (2 of 1892).

3. Subs. by Act 48 of 1952. s. 3 and Sch. II, for "shall exceed sixteen years".

4. Subs. by Act 2 of 1978. a. 6 and Sch., for "eighteen years" and "fifteen years " respectively (w.e.f. 1-10-1978).

5. Subs. by s. 3 and Sch. II, ibid., for "shall exceed thirteen years".

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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.



(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.

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1. Proviso omitted by Act 2 of 1978. s. 6 and Sch. (w.e.f. 1-10-1978).

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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.



The provisions of sections 62 and 63, as to the form of the of register-book, depositing extracts therefrom, allowing searches thereof, and giving copies of the entries therein, shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to the books kept under section 37.



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 1*, previous to the twenty-third day of February, 1865.


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1. Subs. by Act 2 of 1891, s. 4, for the original s. 62.3 Sub-section (2), as amended by the A. O. 1937, rep. by the A. O.1950.

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