Difference between the Special Marriage Act and the Compulsory Marriage Order


The main difference between the Special Marriage Act of India and the Compulsory Registration of Marriage Order is that the former is a law that permits the solemnization of a marriage between two people without any religious considerations. The Special Marriage Act applies to all citizens of India. It applies to people of any religion, and any two people can get married under the Act regardless of their caste, creed, or religion. In contrast, the Compulsory Registration of Marriage Order is not a law in itself but an order issued by the Delhi Government in 2014. The order essentially requires any couple who wishes to register their marriage to do so within 60 days of getting married, failing which they may be subject to penalties. This order applies only to citizens of Delhi and not to the entire country.

Therefore, while the Special Marriage Act provides a way for people of different religions, castes, and creeds to get married, the Compulsory Registration of Marriage Order is a directive that mandates couples to register their marriage within a specified period

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