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Jyotimoy Trafalgar Law   27 June 2022

cousin marriage

I am from Hindu Community. Can I marry my cousin? Is there any legal actions taken against people who marry 1st cousin in state of Assam??


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KUNAL   28 June 2022

Under Hindu Marriage Act, cousin marriage is illegal per S. 1(g) of the Act, as cousins are collateral descendants. Under the same law, if practice of cousin marriage has been followed for a long time by Hindus living in Assam, it may meet force of law, if it does not violate public policy standards.(S. 1(a)).

So the answer is, you cannot marry your own cousin, as the punishment is very harshđŸ˜•sorry, but unfortunately, its the harsh truth....

Warm regards

SAM (LEGAL)     28 June 2022

Dont marry your cousin or your family tree will inherit defective genes. Marrying under same family tree may give rise to problem in defective genes

Aarti Goswami   28 June 2022

As per section 3(g)(iv) one person can not marry if the two are brother and sister, uncle and niece,aunt and nephew or children of brother and sister or of two brothers or of two sisters. so you fall in this category and marriage is prohibited.
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P. Venu (Advocate)     28 June 2022

The marriage is permissible if such a custom is prevalent in your community. Even otherwise, the legal provision withstanding, it is seldom that transgressions are punished!

Jyotimoy Trafalgar Law   29 June 2022

What if I don't marry her and stay with her like live-in couples? Will it be still considered as a crime? Please answer

Gm Blockpost   29 June 2022

Under the Hindu Marriage Act, cousin marriage is illegal under S. 1(g) of the Act, as cousins are collateral descendants. Sorry to have to say this. 

Dr. MPS RAMANI Ph.D.[Tech.] (Scientist/Engineer)     03 July 2022

In the whole of South India including Maharashtra marriage between cross cousins (children of brother and sister) is customary and hence allowed. I do not know about Assam. In Tamilnadu a girl can marry her maternal uncle. There are opinions for and against avuncular marriages. No truths have been established. A maariage comes into question only when a vested interest outside the marriage questions the same.

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