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Software refuses to ‘recognize’ marriages held 40 years ago, couple appeals to Delhi High Court

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The Delhi High Court has sought response from the Delhi government on the petition of a couple related to marriage registration. According to the couple, they got married 40 years ago, but they are unable to register it online as the software is not accepting their applications due to their legal age at the time of their marriage in 1981.

A single bench of Justice Rekha Palli on Thursday issued notices to the authorities, Alipore SDM and North West Delhi Collector, on a plea seeking directions to register the marriage. All of them have been directed to reply within two weeks. The court has now listed the matter for hearing on December 23.

The petition states that the couple had approached the Alipore SDM for registration of their marriage with all the documents, but the registration could not take place as the husband was below 21 years of age on the day of marriage on 28 May 1981 and the wife The software did not accept the application as he was less than 18 years of age.

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Appearing for the couple, advocate J.S. Mann submitted that the petitioner has fulfilled all the conditions for marriage registration prescribed in section 15 of the Special Marriage Act, 1954 as he has completed 21 years of age at the time of registration and their marriage was held on 28 May 1981 under the Hindu Vedic rites. Happened accordingly.

The petition states that from the date of marriage they are leading their family life as husband and wife and have four children. The petition states that the authorities have so far neither rectified the software nor registered the marriage of the couple in any other way, which is unjust, arbitrary and illegal due to non-compliance of their fundamental rights and law. .

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