To curb cases of weddings being conducted discretely, flouting COVID-19 lockdown regulations, few district administrations in Madhya Pradesh have decided to declare these marriages null and void. The couples will also not be issued marriage certificates.
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led state government had banned weddings in May in the wake of rapid spread of virus cases, but marriages continued to take place. In less than a month, at least 30 people were booked, a home department official said.
The marriage registrar offices have been order by the District Magistrates to not issue any certificate for these couples who tied the knot during the period when weddings were banned, or face action.
Officials will be booked under section 188 for “disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant under the Indian Penal Code (IPC)", the DMs’ orders say.
At least 130 marriage ceremonies were reportedly conducted ‘secretly’, violating the lockdown norms set by the government.