An Indian citizen belonging to the Hindu Community solemnized a marriage with a Filipina citizen as per the local customs of the Indian after the latter converted to Hinduism. The marriage registrar refused to register the said marriage for he had a doubt regarding the validity of the marriage in accordance with the Hindu Marriage Act despite a self declaration from the couple.
A Writ Petition was filed by the couple in regards to the aforementioned matter in the Hon’ble Kerala High Court which was adjudicated by a Single Judge Bench comprising of Justice A. Muhamed Mustaque.
“There is no formal ceremony of expiation necessary to effectuate a conversion to Hinduism. In the absence of any particular mode prescribed for conversion as a Hindu, without there being any mala fides that can be pointed out, the public authority cannot refuse to act upon such request.Registrar is only duty bound to conduct the summary enquiry as to the legality of the marriage…the very purpose of registration of marriage is only to give a prima facie indication to accord evidence of marriage and not validity of such marriage.”