A marriage was solemnised between a Hindu male aged 20 years and Hindu female aged 22 years, without the consent of their parents. Decide the legality of the marriage.
The marriage is in contravention of Sec. 5 (iii) of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955. It says that the bridegroom must have completed 21 years and the bride the age of 18 years at the time of marriage.
In the given problem, the bridegroom is aged 20 years and the bride is 22 years. Both of them are majors. Though the marriage is in contravention of Sec. 5 (iii) of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, it does not invalidate the marriage, but the parties to the marriage are punishable under Sec. 18 of the Hindu Marriage Act.
The punishment may be simple imprisonment which may extend to 15 days or with fine which may extend to Rs. 1,000/- or with both.