Notice period for inter-faith marriage now optional
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Lucknow, Jan. 14 -- In a landmark judgment, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court has ruled that the 30 days' notice to a marriage officer to register a wedding under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, should be optional rather than mandatory.
The court said that enforcing a notice period on the couple is tantamount to intruding on their fundamental right to privacy and liberty.
"If the couple does not want to go for publication of the 30-day notice, the marriage officer has to solemnize their wedding forthwith," said Justice Vivek Chaudhary while disposing of a habeas corpus petition filed by a Hindu man married to a woman who was born Muslim but converted before the wedding.
Petitioner Abhishek Kumar Pandey alleged that his wife...
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