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Law panel recommends obligatory registration of marriages linking Aadhaar

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The Law Commission of India recommended necessary registration of marriages with linking Aadhaar to get universal tracing of records. “Also, if registration of marriage is linked to the unique identification number (UID), it would be possible to achieve universal tracing of records,” said a report published by the Law Commission.

The Commission also cleared that the time bound to register a marriage should be limited within 30 days.  “The Amendment Bill should provide that if the Birth or Marriage or Death is not registered within the specified time limit, then the Registrar shall on the payment of a late fee, register the death or birth (a) within a period of 30 days (b) within one year, only with the written permission 36 of the prescribed authority; and (c) after one year, only on an order of a First Class Magistrate. It provides for a penalty of Rs 5 per day in case of delay in registration of ‘marriage without a reasonable cause’,” the statement reads.

The Commission suggested that the amended law would enable better implementation. “If the Registrar finds that any entry of a marriage in the register kept by him under this Act is erroneous in form or substance or has been fraudulently and improperly got made, he may, subject to such rules, as may be made by the State Government with respect to conditions on which and the circumstances in which, such entries may be corrected or cancelled, correct the error or cancel the entry by making a suitable entry in the margin, without any alteration of the original entry, and shall sign and attest such an entry, and also indicate the date of correction and/or cancellation so made. Provided that no such correction or alteration shall be made to the detriment of any person without giving him an opportunity of being heard,” the report read.