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Marrying under law gets costlier in Punjab

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Nakodar, September 10, 2013
First Published: 18:47 IST(10/9/2013) | Last Updated: 19:34 IST(10/9/2013)

The price of being wedded lawfully just got up, a lot. The Punjab government has imposed a hefty fee on the compulsory registration of marriage in the state.

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In an official communication to all deputy commissioners and revenue officers in the state, the undersecretary of home affairs and justice department has asked them to implement the marriage-registration rules that the government has notified. If you register within three months, court-fee stamps worth `1,500 shall accompany the memorandum.

If you register later, you also pay a late fee of `1,000. After six months, the marriage could be registered only after written permission from the district registrar of marriages, subject to payment of a late fee of `1,500 in addition to the fee specified. Registration after a year will only be with the written permission of the chief registrar of marriages, subject to payment of a late fee of `2,000 and the charges specified.

These are the Punjab Compulsory Registration of Marriages Rules, 2013. Until now, couples paid `140 as government fee and `700 as Suvidha fee for the registration of marriage.

 

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