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Why can’t a Hindu boy marry a Muslim girl in India?

Shivendra Pratap Singh

Advocate

High Court Lucknow

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Published on: 23 Jan, 2023

A Hindu boy can indeed marry a Muslim girl in India, but there are certain laws and regulations in place that would apply to such a marriage.

In India, the Special Marriage Act, 1954 allows any two individuals, regardless of their religion, to marry each other. The Act provides for a notice period, during which objections to the marriage can be raised, after which the marriage can be registered.

However, the personal laws of Hindu and Muslim communities in India do not recognize inter-religion marriages and therefore, the couple would need to opt for a civil marriage under Special Marriage Act.

Additionally, in some cases, the couple may face opposition or even hostility from their families or communities, due to religious or cultural differences.

It is important to note that while the law allows for interfaith marriages, societal attitudes and cultural norms can still pose challenges for couples in such relationships. It’s always advisable to have an open and honest conversation with both families and seek their support before taking such a step.

In India, there is no law that prohibits a Hindu boy from marrying a Muslim girl. Marriages between individuals of different religions are legal in India, and individuals are free to choose their own partners. However, it is important to note that cultural and societal attitudes towards interfaith marriages can vary, and in some communities, such marriages may be met with disapproval or even hostility.

Additionally, in India, there are different personal laws for different communities, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Parsi, and others, which governs the marriage, divorce, maintenance, adoption, and inheritance. Since Hindu and Muslim have different personal laws, there may be some complications when it comes to marriage registration.

In India, a marriage can be registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, which allows for inter-religion marriage, but the couple has to give notice of the intended marriage to the marriage officer of the district where at least one of them resides, and the notice is required to be published for 30 days before the marriage.

It is also important to be aware that while marriage is not illegal, it is illegal to have sexual intercourse with a minor (under 18 years of age) and can lead to criminal prosecution.

In summary, while there is no law that prohibits a Hindu boy from marrying a Muslim girl in India, there may be some complications in the registration process due to the different personal laws and societal attitudes towards interfaith marriages may vary.