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Kamya Swaminathan   19 September 2018

Parallel cousin marriage

I am a Tamil Brahmin girl in love with my parallel cousin (my mother's sister's son), who is of a different Gothram. I want to know the legal consequences of marrying him. Is this even a legal marriage under the Hindu law? Kindly provide genuine and legal advise regarding the same.
If this falls under prohibited marriage, kindly provide a solution to make it valid.


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Sidharth Nair   19 September 2018

The Hindu Marriage Act makes cousin marriage illegal for Hindus with the exception of marriages permitted by regional custom. However, for some communities in South India, it is common for Hindu cross cousins to marry, with matrilateral cross-cousin (mother's brother's daughter) marriages being especially favored.

Hope it helps.

Kamya Swaminathan   19 September 2018

Thanks for your response. But our case is not cross cousin and it's a parallel cousin. As am aware that cross cousin marriage is permissible with certain restrictions in our custom, I require clarification on parallel cousin marriage.
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kavksatyanarayana (subregistrar/supdt.(retired))     19 September 2018

Usually it voidable marriage.  If your family custom permits or not, consult with your family elders.

Kamya Swaminathan   19 September 2018

Okay sir. Thank you for the response

Samarpan (M)99958670740 (Free legal advice and legal aid cell)     21 September 2018

If your family/society custom permits, it is o.k.  Otherwise, as a solution, both can convert into christianity before marriage and get your marriage registered as per christinaity.

Kamya Swaminathan   26 September 2018

Is it legal if we get converted to Christianity?

Samarpan (M)99958670740 (Free legal advice and legal aid cell)     28 September 2018

yes. Similar situation happened in Delhi. Delhi HC judgment passed by Justice Kait validated the marriage when both boy and girl converted into christianity before marriage.

Kamya Swaminathan   30 September 2018

Okay. Thank you so much

Kavin (Others)     16 December 2022

Kamya swaminathan
How may i contact you so that I can help you regarding this

Sudhir Kumar, Advocate (Advocate)     10 January 2023

Originally posted by : Kamya Swaminathan

Is it legal if we get converted to Christianity?



Please check if cousine marraige is allowed in christianity.

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