With the Centre approving the implementation of the Haryana Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act, 2007, it will now be mandatory for all marriages to be registered in Chandigarh.After the Act is implemented, every marriage solemnised in the UT, irrespective of caste, religion or creed, will have to be registered in the manner as provided in Section 7.
Parties to a marriage shall prepare and sign a memorandum, in such form, as may be prescribed and delivered or sent by registered post to the Registrar of the area concerned in which the marriage was solemnised, within 90 days from the date of marriage.
The Registrar shall maintain a register of marriages solemnised in the state of Haryana in such form and manner as may be prescribed. On receipt of the memorandum of marriage under section 7, the Registrar shall make a record of the same in the register.
On registration of the marriage, he will issue a certificate of marriage to the parties in such form as may be prescribed.
Those who fail to get their marriage registered would face penalty, which can be up to Rs 500.
Besides, if a marriage is still not registered, it could also be declared void.
Any person who secretly destroys or dishonestly or fraudulently alters the marriage register or any part thereof, shall be punishable with fine which may amount to Rs 1,000 or imprisonment for one year or both.