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Indian Christian Marriage Act,1872

Sections Particulars
1 Short title Extent
2 Enactments repealed -Repealed by the Repealing Act, 1938s
3 Interpretation-clause
4 Marriages to be solemnized according to Act
5 Persons by whom marriages may be solemnized
6 Grant and revocation of licenses to solemnize marriages
7 Marriage Registrar
  Senior Marriage Registrars
  Magistrate when to be Marriage Registrar
8 Marriage Registrars in Indian States- Repealed by the A.O. 1950
9 Licensing of persons to grant certificates of marriage between Indian Christians
10 Time for solemnizing marriage
11 Place for solemnizing marriage
  Fee for special license
Part III Marriages Solemnized By Ministers Of Religion Licensed Under This Act
12 Notice of intended marriage
13 Publication of such notice
  Return or transfer of notice
14 Notice of intended marriage in private dwelling
15 Sending copy of notice to Marriage Registrar when one party is a minor
16 Procedure on receipt of notice
17 Issue of certificate of notice given and declaration made
18 Declaration before issue of certificate
19 Consent of father, or guardian, or mother
20 Power to prohibit by notice issue of certificate
21 Procedure on receipt of notice
22 Issue of certificate in case of minority
23 Issue of certificates to Indian Christians.
24 Form of certificate
25 Solemnization of marriage
26 Certificate void if marriage not solemnized within two months
Part IV Registration Of Marriages Solemnized By Ministers Of Religion
27 Marriages when to be registered
28 Registration of marriages solemnized by Clergymen of Church of England
29 Quarterly returns to Archdeaconry
  Contents of returns
30 Registration and returns of marriages solemnized by Clergymen of Church of Rome
31 Registration and returns of marriages solemnized by Clergymen of Church of Scotland
32 Certain marriages to be registered in duplicate
33 Entries of such marriages to be signed and attested
34 Certificate to be forwarded to Marriage Registrar, copied, and sent to Registrar General
35 Copies of certificates to be entered and numbered
36 Registrar to add number of entry to certificate, and send to Registrar General
37 Registration of marriages between Indian Christians, by persons referred to in clauses (1), (2) and (3) of section 5.
  Custody and disposal of register-book
Part V Marriages Solemnized By, Or In The Presence Of, A Marriage Registrar
38 Notice of intended marriage before Marriage Registrar
39 Publication of notice
40 Notice to be filed and copy entered in Marriage Notice Book
41 Certificate of notice given and oath made
42 Oath before issue of certificate
43 Petition to High Court to order certificate in less than fourteen days
  Order on petition
44 Consent of father or guardian
  Protest against issue of certificate
  Effect of protest
45 Petition where person whose consent is necessary is insane, or unjustly withholds consent
  Procedure on petition
46 Petition when Marriage Registrar refuses certificate
  Procedure on petition
47 Petition when Marriage Registrar in Indian State refuses certificate- Repealed by the A.O. 1950
48 Petition when Registrar doubts authority of person forbidding
  Procedure on petition
49 Liability for frivolous protest against issue of certificate
50 Form of certificate
51 Solemnization of marriage after issue of certificate
52 When marriage not had within two months after notice, new notice required
53 Marriage Registrar may ask for particulars to be registered
54 Registration of marriage solemnized under Part V
55 Certificates to be sent monthly to Registrar General
  Custody of register-book
56 Officers to whom Registrars in Indian States shall send certificates-Repealed by the A.O. 1950
57 Registrars to ascertain that notice and certificate are understood by Indian Christians
58 Indian Christians to be made to understand declarations
59 Registration of marriages between Indian Christians
Part VI Marriage Of [Indian] Christians
60 On what conditions marriages of Indian Christians may be certified
61 Grant of certificate
62 Keeping of register-book and deposit of extracts there from with Registrar General
63 Searches in register-book and copies of entries
64 Books in which marriages of Indian Christians under Part I or Part III are registered
65 Part VI not to apply to Roman Catholics. Saving of certain marriages
Part VII Penalties
66 False oath, declaration, notice or certificate for procuring marriage
67 Forbidding, by false personation, issue of certificate by Marriage Registrar
68 Solemnizing marriage without due authority
69 Solemnizing marriage out of proper time, or without witnesses
  Saving of marriages solemnized under special license
70 Solemnizing, without notice or within fourteen days after notice, marriage with minor
71 Issuing certificate, or marrying, without publication of notice
  Marrying after expiry of notice
  Solemnizing marriage with minor within fourteen days, without authority of Court, or without sending copy of notice
  Issuing certificate against authorized prohibition
72 Issuing certificate after expiry of notice, or, in case of minor, within fourteen days after notice, or against authorized prohibition
73 Persons authorized to solemnize marriage (other than Clergy of Churches of England, Scotland or Rome)
  Issuing certificate, or marrying, without publishing notice or after expiry of certificate
  Issuing certificate for, or solemnizing, marriage with minor, within fourteen days after notice
  Issuing certificate forbidden
  Solemnizing marriage authorizedly forbidden
74 Unlicensed person granting certificate pretending to be licensed
75 Destroying or falsifying register-books
76 Limitation of prosecutions under Act
Part VIII Miscellaneous
77 What matters need not be proved in respect of marriage in accordance with Act
78 Corrections of errors
79 Searches and copies of entries
80 Certified copy of entry in marriage register, etc., to be evidence
81 Certificates of certain marriages to be sent to Central Government
82 State Government to prescribe fees
83 Power to make rules
84 Power to prescribe fees and rules for Indian States- Repealed by the A.O. 1950
85 Power to declare who shall be District Judge
86 Powers and functions exercisable as regards Indian States- Repealed by the A.O. 1950
87 Saving of Consular marriages
88 Non-validation of marriages within prohibited degrees
Schedule I Notice Of Marriage
  Foot Note

[Act No. 15 of 1872 dated 18th. July, 1872]

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the solemnization in India of the marriages of Christians.

WHEREAS it is expedient to consolidate and amend the law relating to the solemnization in India of the marriages of persons professing the Christian religion;

It is hereby enacted as follows:-

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