They told me that the marriage registrar would send a letter to my parents informing them about my marriage.’
‘The marriage registrar also told me that he would also speak to my neighbours and only then he will give me a character certificate which will ensure that I get married.
Anita (name changed), a resident of Gurugram in Haryana, wanted to marry her boyfriend Aslam, under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, which facilitates inter-religious marriages.
However, a Haryana government rule stymied her, forcing her to knock on the doors of the Punjab and Haryana high court, where she scored a major victory last month.
In his order, Justice Rajiv Narain Raina ruled that the procedure of a court marriage ‘must reflect the mindset of the changed times in a secular nation promoting inter-religion marriages’.