Christian Marriage Act
The Hindu Marriage Act, which came into power on18 May 1955, governs all the Hindu marriages. The Act has reformed the Hindu law of marriage and covers entire India except the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Act applies to:
- Any person who is Hindu, Buddhist, Jain or Sikh by religion.
- Any person who is born to Hindu parents.
- Any person who is not a Muslim Christian, Parsi or Jew, and who is not governed by any other law.
Only if both the parties are Hindus can the marriage take place under the Hindu marriage Act.
The Act does not apply to:
- To persons who are Muslims, Christians, Parsis or Jews by religion.
- To members of the scheduled tribes coming within the meaning of clause (25) of Article 366 of the Constitution of India unless the Central Government by notice otherwise directs.