The parliament of India passed a bill on 13 Aug 2013, which makes it mandatory to register all marriages irrespective of religion
In India a marriage can be registered under either of the two marriages Act.
a) The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
b) The Special Marriage Act, 1954
The Hindu Marriage Act is applicable in cases where both husband and wife are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs or where they have converted into any of these religions. The act sets minimum age of marriage for men as 21 years and for women as 18 years.
Where either of the husband or wife or both are not Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs the marriage is registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954. Special Marriage Act sets minimum age of marriage as 21 years for both, men and women.