New Delhi, July 26: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has said the procedure for a court marriage, “must reflect the mindset of the changed times in a secular nation promoting inter-religion marriages”, said reports. Justice Rajiv Narain Raina was ruling on the plea of an inter-faith couple who had approached the court against court marriage rules framed by the Haryana government. The court said the Court Marriage Check List (CMCL), issued by the Haryana government, largely violates the couple’s right to privacy.
The couple wanted to legalise their marriage under the Special Marriage Act without change of religion, said a report in The Indian Express. “The provisions appear offensive and excessive executive action beyond the purview of the (Special Marriage) Act,” the judge said in his July 20 order released on Wednesday. “It is suggested to the State of Haryana to suitably modify and simplify the CMCL to bring it in line with the Act by minimal executive interference. It may restrict the list to conditions which account for fundamental procedure,” he ruled.
The high court also directed the District Marriage Officer to consider temporary residences of the couple in the marriage application instead of seeking their permanent address and not send the advance notice to their parents “to strictly maintain privacy rights, their right to life and liberty”. Justice Raina said the notice for the intended marriage will be put in the office of the Marriage Officer for thirty days after which the officer may proceed to register the marriage.