This Transfer Petition at Supreme Court led to the directions to States and Union Territories to make registration of marriages compulsory in India. The following are the key Orders.
On 14 February 2006, Directions given to States and Union Territories to make registration of marriages compulsory in IndiaSeema Vs Ashwani Kumar on 14 February, 2006
On 25 October 2007, further directions were issued.
Seema Vs Ashwani Kumar on 25 October, 2007
“The directions given by the order dated 24.2.2006 have not been fully complied with. We, therefore, direct that the States and Union Territories who have not acted in line with the directions given on 14.2.2006 shall forthwith do it and in no case later than three months from today.“
On 9 July 2008, again Apex Court gave 4 months time to comply with directions.
Seema Vs Ashwani Kumar on 9 July, 2008
“Let all the States and Union Territories who have not given specific details, file affidavits within four months from today.“
On 1 May 2019, Office Report was put up and the same is here.Seema Vs Ashwani Kumar on 1 May, 2019 OR
On 1 May 2019, Transfer petition is disposed off.
Seema Vs Ashwani Kumar on 1 May, 2019
The transfer petition has not been answered and the matrimonial suit in question has remained stayed since 15.4.2005. The fate of the said matrimonial suit as on date and the interest of the parties in pursuing the matter is not known to us, as none has appeared on behalf of the original contesting parties. The judicial exercise after 14.2.2006 has been to monitor implementation of the directions of the said date, as extracted above. The materials on record would indicate that most of the States barring a few have framed suitable legislations. In any event, in terms of the order dated 15.4.2005, such of the States that have not framed legislations, will be governed by the directions contained in the order dated 14.2.2006.
Taking into account the above facts, we are of the view that no worthwhile purpose will be served by keeping these proceedings pending before this Court. We accordingly close the said proceedings and vacate the interim order dated 15.4.2005, so far as the stay of Matrimonial Suit No. 104/2004 is concerned.
Citations: [2006 ALLMR SC 2 11], [2006 AIR BOMR 2 783], [2006 AIOL 84], [2006 SCR 2 220], [2006 AIR SC 1158], [2006 BOMCR SC 2 497], [2006 AIR SC 858], [2006 SCALE 2 333], [2006 ANJ SC 2 144], [2006 SUPREME 2 66], [2006 JT 2 378], [2006 SCC 2 578], [2006 CUTLT 101 639], [2006 DLT 127 282], [2006 KERLT 1 791]
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