Rising Trend of Love Marriage and Its Legal Procedure
If you happen to be in love with a girl who belongs to a religion different from yours, you are in for an obstacle race. Indian society is still largely conservative with the major type of marriage being arranged marriage rather than love marriage in India.
Inter-caste and inter religious marriages are called as ‘love marriage’ as they are not arranged between families but is the result of two persons falling in love with no consideration of caste or religion. Love marriages in India are frowned upon in most communities but have got legal sanction from the law courts.
The courts have ruled that there is no law that prohibits a girl or boy from falling in love and falling in love is not an offense under the Indian Penal Code.
In India, the tradition is that when a girl or boy reaches a legal age of marriage, the family starts looking for a suitable bride or groom. They look for compatible social status, financial status and general compatibility. Marriage of young ones is a prestige issue for elders.
But the situation is changing fast. Education has expanded in the country with more and more students becoming g socially and geographically mobile. An educated person seeks a life partner according to mutual chemistry as in compatible education and attitude rather than the issue of caste and creed.
When a young person marries a partner of his/ her choice with or without consent of parents and relatives, such a marriage is called as a ‘love marriage’. In earlier times, the girl was never consulted in the issue of marriage. But, nowadays, thanks to being educated, a girl has the power to choose a groom of her choice.
A love marriage is a sign of progress of our society. More and more couples are going in for court marriage. Civil marriage or court marriage is a marriage solemnized as per the Special Marriage Act of 1954. It allows persons of different castes, religions and nationalities to wed each other.
One must take the help of a love marriage advocate Chandigarh to wade through the perilous waters of love marriage. The main issue is to negotiate and secure the permission of parents to solemnize an inter religious, civil marriage.
In the situation of facing stiff opposition from family, relatives and community, the couple is left with no choice but to elope and conduct a court marriage. In this procedure for love marriage, the couple faces two types of situations:
• Being cut off from family and any inheritance or property rights
• Facing danger of life and security
Being cut off from inheritance of family property is a common and not so serious result of a love marriage. But a threat to life of the couple as in honour killings must be taken with great seriousness.
All Indian citizens have the freedom to marry any one of their choice as well as to secure protection from threats to life and liberty. Ratio of honor killing is very high in Punjab and Haryana. The Supreme Court has given directions to high court to take action to provide protection to run away couples.
Petition for security of love marriage in Chandigarh must include the following conditions:
• The parties must be residents of Punjab and Haryana
• The parties must face threat of liberty and life.
• Parties must have proof of marriage like marriage certificate, photographs, etc.
Thus, a couple who has gone for a love marriage or court marriage has the law on their side as protection.
Advocateinchandigarh have huge experience of dealing with of such cases. Advocateinchandigarh helping the couple to perform the marriage if they want and filling the petition before the High Court Chandigarh for providing the accurate protection of life and liberty.
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