Conducting a Child Marriage

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

Conducting child marriages is also a crime: 

 

  • Conducting the Marriage: Anyone who performs or helps in performing a child marriage will be committing a crime. 

 

  • Parents/Guardians conducting marriage: If a parent, guardian or any person responsible for a child in any capacity, promotes child marriage or participates in conducting a child marriage, then they will be committing a crime. Attending or participating in a child marriage is also a crime. 

 

Anyone who is convicted of committing these crimes will be punished with rigorous imprisonment for two years along with a fine of one lakh rupees

 

All offences under this law are cognizable and non-bailable, which means that the police can arrest you without a warrant and bail will not be granted to you as a matter of right. 

 

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