Indian court pushes for video-conferencing in marriage registration

The Delhi High Court calls for laws to adapt to changing times, since they were last formed when technology was nascent.

Indian courts are pushing for video-conferencing to be legally allowed in the marriage registration process, so couples can do so without needing to be physically present.

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"The law has to adapt to changing times," Justice Manmohan from the Delhi High Court said, according to IANS. It added the rule requiring physical presence was framed when technology was nascent.

The court was hearing a plea filed by Ravinder Chadha, who was seeking approval for his Canada-based daughter and son-in-law to process their marriage registration via video-conferencing, instead of needing to be physically present, noted the report.

The judge pointed out adapting to the new technologies was part of the objective and philosophy underlying the Information Technology Act. "In these circumstances the inaction or indifference of the state to recognise these developments and provide for a suitable mechanism to facilitate [what is required to be done], i.e., registration of marriage of spouses separated by distance, has to be addressed," he added.

According to IANS, the court has directed the registering authority of the Hindu Marriage Act to accept the application for registering the marriage of Chadha's daughter and son-in-law through their power of attorney holders.