HINDU MARRIAGE WITHOUT REGISTRATION
If i say Hindu marriage without registration is not legally valid then many of you will here bring the argument "then how come your parents marriage is valid if it was not registered".
As per the Hindu marriage if some specific rituals like Saptapadi and seven pheras done then marriage is considered valid and many lawyers will claim that the videos,pics,wedding cards and few witness are enough to prove validity of marriage.
If husband and wife have no troubles then there is no problem but if they have problem in relationship and one of them claims there was no marriage then it depends upon the other party to prove the validity of the marriage whereas having marriage certificate there is nothing to worry.
Now proving the legal validity depends entirely on the capability of the Lawyer.Now how can one prove there was 7 pheras with a video as its easy to manipulate a video and one can even make 70 pheras with todays technology.Now a lawyer can easily screw any witness in the witness box as will ask how to know if the mantras recited by the pandit was correct and how they know its proper marriage and even the pandit who performed the marriage will be called in the witness box and finally one of the spouse can easily deny the marriage saying that they were foced into the marriage.Also it has to be proved that after marriage the couples are living together as husband and wife and if not it would be treated as fake marriage validity of marriage is a big question.
I know of cases in which the marriage was unregistered and also it was never consummated but the woman lied that the marriage was consumated but when she came to the witness box the kind of questions which the lawyer asked the woman could not answer as how can she know his size when it was not consumated.
So in conclusion i would say Hindu Marriage without registraion is still valid but chances are there to make it invalid if one hires a smart lawyer.If the Marriage is unregistered and unconsumated then even a average Lawyer can easily make this marriage void even if there is videos,photos,wedding cards except legal marriage certificate.