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HINDUS MARRIAGE ACT AND MARRIAGE REGISTRATION RULES

Government of Sindh, Local Government Department, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Cell, Sindh Secretariat issued letter regarding Hindu Marriage Act-2016 and Hindu Marriage Registration Rules-2017.

  • You might be aware that the legislation i.e. the Sindh Hindu Marriage Act-2016 has been enacted and the requisite Rules i.e. the Sindh Hindu Marriage rules 2017 have also been notified by the Minorities Affairs Department, Government of Sindh vide Notification No.SO(G)/MA/Sindh Hindu Marriage Registration Rules 2017, dated 08.12.2017.
  • It has been observed that unfortunately, the provisions given there under relating to the Municipal Authorities are not being enforced / complied with. Therefore, in order to ensure strict compliance thereof, the relevant provisions are reproduced here under for your information and circulation among all Municipal Authorities. You, being the inspecting officers are further requested to please ensure that the relevant provisions are enforced / complied with in letter and spirit:-
SECTION-6 OF THE SINDH HINDU MARRIAGE ACT 2016 (REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGES)
  • Every marriage solemnized under this Act shall be registered with the Union Council / Ward or any other Municipal Authority, where the marriage ceremony took place, within 45 days of the solemnization

SECTION-7 OF THE SINDH HINDU MARRIAGE ACT 2016: (MANNER OF REGISTRATION)
  • There shall be 4 copies of the certificate of marriage, as provided in Schedule "A" all of which after being filled out shall be provided to the Concerned Officer.
  • The Concerned Officer after satisfying himself that all conditions of marriage set out in Section 4 have been met shall certify / endorse the certificate of marriage and keep one copy of the certificate for its record and return the remaining copies to the parties.
  • The Concerned Officer shall maintain a Marriage Registrar for the purpose of this Act as per Rules and directions issued by the Government.
  • All the entries in the Marriage Register shall bear the Official Stamp of the Concerned Officer and shall be signed by:
  • i) the person solemnizing the marriage,
  • ii) both parties to the marriage; 
  • iii) two credible witness: and
  • iv) concerned officer. 
RULE 3 OF THE SINDH HINDU MARRIAGE REGISTRATION RULES 2017 (REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE)
  • The marriage shall be registered in accordance with provisions of Section-6 of the Act.
  • No marriage shall be registered unless conditions prescribed in Section-4 of the Act are not fulfilled.
RULE 4 OF THE SINDH HINDU MARRIAGE REGISTRATION RULES 2017 (REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION OF HINDU MARRIAGE
  • The Registration of Hindu Marriage shall be made on production of the Form in Schedule-A of the Act duly filled in quadruplicate along with payment of prescribed fee and copies of CNICs of Wife and Husband within 45 days of solemnization of the marriage
RULE 5 OF THE SINDH HINDU MARRIAGE REGISTRATION RULES 2017 (REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTRATION OF HINDU MARRIAGE)
  • The Secretary, Union Council shall maintain a register with the heading "Registration of Hindu Marriages" in the following format:-
  • S.No. - Name of Groom - Name of Bride - CNIC of Groom -  CNIC of Bride - Address of Groom - Witness #1 (Name - CNIC - Address) - Witness #2 (Name - CNIC - Address) - The Pandit / Mahraj or any person solemnizing the marriage (Name - CNIC - Address) - Remarks.
  • If the concerned officer is satisfied with the marriage form and its witness, he or she may issue a marriage certificate as per format given in the Act.
  • In view of the above, the Municipal Authorities should be directed to disseminate these guidelines to all concerned (those solemnizing the Hindu Marriages) for their information guidance and strict compliance.





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