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Register first to enter a wedlock

SC's order would help in checking child marriages rampant in the country.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 17:28 IST

In a judgment that could have significant impact on child marriages, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered compulsory registration of all marriages in the country.

Judges Arijit Pasayat and SH Kapadia directed the central government and all state governments to notify the appropriate rules for the mandatory registration.

The bench said the governments must invite objections within 30 days before taking steps to notify the rules.

This order assumes significance in the context of several child marriages taking place in the country despite the enactment of the Child Marriage Restraint Act.

The court passed the order after hearing the views of the central government and the National Commission for Women. Both favoured enactment of a comprehensive law to prevent child marriages.

Social activists and women's organisations feel the Supreme Court judgment would go a long way in the enactment of a law for having a common civil code.

This judgment would also help the economically and socially backward community from succumbing to forced child marriages.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 11:27 IST