‘Edits and lunatics' banned from getting married!

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‘Edits and lunatics' banned from getting married!


COLUMNS / This Still Happens in India   /   May 08, 2015
Radha Mishra
Radha Mishra
Writing is her passion. She is an ex Reporter with a National Daily and holding an important position in an NGO. The social and political writer is Post Graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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If you’re an “an Edit or Lunatic,” it would be quite tricky for you to get married under the Special Marriage Act, nearby Mumbai. Confused? Found out for yourself

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Actually, a couple definite to get married is expected to fill a wedding registration form. This form may ask the duo to declare something like “Neither of us is an Edit or Lunatic,” before signing as a wedded couple.

Are you still not able to discover what an “Edit” is? Don’t worry, neither are we!

The condition was found on the Special Marriage Act form given at the Bandra marriage office lately. Now it is mingling on the social media. However, as per the original Law, it is essentially a typo for "idiot".

Indeed, it raises a question that, who precisely is an ‘idiot’? But, not to our surprise Indian law has the answer of it, as well. An idiot is a "person of unsound mind” says the Indian Lunacy Act of 1912.  As per the Indian Penal Code, being of ‘unsound mind’ can excuse a person from criminal persecution, if the accused can evidence it himself.

Time is changing so are the beliefs and lifestyles. There are number of couples who do not wish to get married under religious laws. So they can opt for the Special Marriage Act to formalize their marriage. But to do that, there are a some conditions a couple must live up to: they must be at least 21 years old, must not ensure any other living spouse, should not be “within the degrees of a prohibited relationship” and neither must be “an idiot or a lunatic,” besides others.

The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi. The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi.
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