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Uttarakhand Mandates Registration for Live-in Couples Under Uniform Civil Code

Uttarakhand has introduced a significant provision under its recently enacted Uniform Civil Code (UCC), making it mandatory for live-in couples, especially those below 21 years of age, to register themselves with district officials.

The UCC Bill requires live-in partners to obtain parental consent and register their relationship within one month of cohabitation. Failure to comply may result in severe penalties, including imprisonment ranging from three to six months, a hefty fine of ₹25,000, or both.

The registration process involves submitting a detailed statement to the nearest registrar, who conducts an inquiry. The UCC empowers partners to terminate the registration through written statements, and the law has sparked anticipation in other states, including Assam.

The newly enacted Uniform Civil Code in Uttarakhand has introduced a provision requiring live-in couples, particularly those below 21 years of age, to register their relationship within one month of cohabitation. Failure to comply with this provision could result in penalties, including imprisonment and fines.

The UCC aims to establish uniform personal laws applicable to all citizens, ensuring equality and justice. This development in Uttarakhand has sparked anticipation in other states, with Assam’s Chief Minister expressing intentions to implement a similar framework. However, adjustments will be made to accommodate the state’s tribal communities. The UCC, a move towards a single legal framework, aligns with the foundational principles of the Constitution.

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