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The Converts Marriage Dissolution Act, 1866

[Act No. 21 of 1866 dated 2nd. April, 1866]

Sections Particulars
1 Short title
2 Commencement of Act-Repealed by the Repealing Act, 1874
3 Interpretation-clause
4 When convert deserted by his wife may sue for conjugal society
5 When convert deserted by her, husband may sue
6 Court in which suit shall be brought
7 Suit to be commenced by verified petition
8 On service of petition, citation to respondent
9 Form of citation
10 Service of citation
11 Penalty on respondent not obeying citation
12 Points to be proved on appearance of petitioner
13 First interrogation of respondent
14 Interrogations by Judge may be public or private
15 Procedure when female respondent refuses to cohabit with petitioner Adjournment for a year. Interview
16 Procedure on expiration of adjournment. Interrogation of respondent
17 Decree in case of male respondent refusing to cohabit on grounds of petitioner's change of religion
18 Decree if respondent so refuse in case of unconsummated marriage, either party being impubes at time of marriage
19 Liberty to parties to marry again
20 Judge to order commission to issue for examination of exempted persons
21 Proof of marriage and desertion or repudiation of petitioner in consequence of conversion
22 Civil Procedure Code applied
23 Dismissal of suit if either party under age required by Act, or if parties cohabiting, or respondent willing to cohabit
24 Revival of suit after such dismissal
25 Petitioner's cruelty or adultery to bar suit
26 Male petitioner's cohabitation with one of several wives to bar suit
27 Dissolution of marriage not to affect status or right of children
28 Power to Court to award alimony
29 No appeal under Act; but Judge may state case raising question whether conversion has dissolved marriage
30 Case to state necessary facts and documents, and suit to be stayed
31 Case to be decided by three Judges
32 High Court may refer case to Judge for additions or alterations
33 High Court may decide question raised, and Judge shall dispose of case accordingly
34 Saving of Roman Catholic marriage
35 Extent of Act
The First Schedule Form Of Petition
  Foot Notes

An Act to legalize under certain circumstances, the dissolution of marriages of 2[***] Converts to Christianity.

WHEREASit is expedient to legalize, under certain circumstances, the dissolution of marriages of 2[***] Converts to Christianity deserted or repudiated on religious grounds by their wives or husbands;

It is enacted as follows:-

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