HC issues norms for Arya Samaj marriages

Holding that marriages performed without parents' consent were creating social problems, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has issued detailed guidelines to Arya Samaj temples, a favourite place where couples in hurry usually tie the knot.

The Gwalior Bench said that it had come to its notice that teenage girls were getting married and Arya Samaj temples were issuing certificates causing tensions in

families.

In his brief order, Justice N K Mody asked the Arya Samaj temple managements to take written applications from the would-be bride and groom and fix the marriage date at least a week later.

The management should inform both sets of parents by a registered intimation the date and time of the proposed ceremony as also to the police station and district collector in whose jurisdiction the would-be groom and bride reside.

The judge said that at least five relatives from each side should be present at the time of the marriage.

The order came on habeas corpus petition filed by a 28-year-old resident of Gwalior who wanted the custody of his 21-year-old wife.

The woman told the court that it was true that she married on April 5 at an Arya Samaj temple in Gwalior but insisted that it was "under undue influence". She said that only a priest and a photographer were present but no relative or friend was present.

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