Written By Easy Life on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 2/25/2014 10:18:00 AM
The Kerala High Court on Monday held that marriages solemnised at CPM offices are not valid.
Division Bench comprising Justice Antony Dominic and Justice Anil K
Narendran passed the order while considering a habeas corpus petition
filed by Sabu K Elias of Pampady in Kottayam seeking the production of
his daughter who went missing on February 19, 2014.
produced the petitioner’s daughter Renu and informed the court that she
had married Vidhin P Sunny of Chengannur on February 19 at CPM local
committee office at Nedumudi in Kuttanad.
The court observed that
the marriage is not legally valid as it should either be solemnised
before a marriage officer appointed under any statutory provisions or as
per religious rites.
The court observed that the certificate of
marriage issued under Rule 11(1) of the Kerala Registration of Marriages
(Common) Rules, 2008, produced by the girl and her lover, is not vaild.
court made it clear that marriages conducted at places like CPM offices
should not be allowed to register under the Kerala Registration of
Marriages (Common) Rules, 2008.
The court observed that the
immediate attention of the authorities is needed in such cases. It
directed the Secretary of State and Local Self Government Department to
issue appropriate directions to their subordinates to prevent such
practices. The lovers undertook before court that action will be taken
and their marriage will be registered under the Special Marriage Act.