What is the Special Marriage Act? Know what Sonakshi Sinha-Zaheer Iqbal's marriage under it means

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sonakshi sinha and Zaheer Iqbal wedding: Bollywood's top actress and BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha's daughter Sonakshi Sinha has married her Muslim boyfriend Zaheer Iqbal under the Special Marriage Act. Let us tell you in this article why the actress had to resort to this law.

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Bollywood weddings are always in the news. This time, along with the wedding of film stars Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal, a special act is also being discussed a lot. This is because due to different religions, both of them have decided not to get married according to the customs of any religion. 

Sometimes situations arise where people want to marry someone outside their chosen religion or caste. In such cases, the Special Marriage Act, of 1954 plays an important role.

What is the Special Marriage Act?

The Special Marriage Act, of 1954 gives the legal right to marry in India to people who want to choose their life partner, even if they have a different religion or caste. This Act simplifies and legally recognizes inter-religious and inter-caste marriages.

Why did Sonakshi Sinha do a legal marriage?

When Sonakshi Sinha decided to marry Zaheer Iqbal, there was a lot of discussion about her religion. Her father Shatrughan Sinha, a BJP MP, was also initially upset with this relationship and the decision of marriage. The question was constantly being raised whether Sonakshi Sinha would change her religion. In such a situation, Sonakshi and Zaheer chose the middle path and got married under the Special Marriage Act. After this, it has become clear that Sonakshi Sinha will not change her religion. 

law for marriage beyond caste and religion

Under this Act, a person of any religion or caste has the freedom to marry a person of another religion or caste. The process of getting married under this is simple and easy. It does not require any religious rituals. To get married under this Act, the minimum age of the groom should be 21 years and the minimum age of the bride should be 18 years.

It is mandatory to give notice one month before the marriage

If a couple wants to get married under the Special Marriage Act, then it is mandatory to give a 30-day notice to the District Marriage Officer. Also, it is necessary to get the marriage registered. After this, a marriage certificate is issued.

Importance of Special Marriage Act

This Act helps in reducing discrimination based on caste and religion and promotes social harmony. Under this, a person has the freedom to choose his/her life partner. Also, the couple getting married under this Act gets all the legal rights.