The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1886

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1886 is an Indian law that provides for the compulsory registration of births, deaths, and marriages in India.

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Summary

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act, 1886 is a vital Indian law that makes it compulsory for the registration of births, deaths, and marriages in India. The act specifies the procedures for registering births, deaths, and marriages and the responsibilities of the registrars in maintaining accurate records. The law also lays down the grounds for the annulment of marriages, the establishment of paternity, and the declaration of legitimacy or illegitimacy of children. Additionally, the act provides for the confidentiality of registration records and the penalties for failing to register births, deaths, and marriages.

CHAPTER I
PRELIMINARY

Section 1 : Short title and commencement

Section 2 : Extent

Section 3 : Definitions

Section 4 : Saving of local laws

Section 5 : Powers exercisable from time to time

CHAPTER II
GENERAL REGISTRY OFFICES OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES

Section 6 : Establishment of general registry offices and appointment of Registrars General

Section 7 : Indexes to be kept at general registry office

Section 8 : Indexes to be open to inspection

Section 9 : Copies of entries to be admissible in evidence

Section 10 : Superintendence of Registrars by Registrar General

CHAPTER III

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS
A.—Application of this Chapter

Section 11 : Persons whose births and deaths are registrable

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS
B.—Registration Establishment

Section 12 : Power for State Government to appoint Registrars for its territories

Section 13 : [Omitted]

Section 14 : Registrar to be deemed a public servant

Section 15 : [Repealed]

Section 16 : Office and attendance of Registrar

Section 17 : Absence of Registrar or vacancy in his office

Section 18 : Register books to be supplied and preservation of records to be provided for

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS
C.—Mode of registration

Section 19 : Duty of Registrar to register births and deaths of which notice is given

Section 20 : Persons authorised to give notice of birth

Section 21 : Persons authorised to give notice of death

Section 22 : Entry of birth or death to be signed by person giving notice

Section 23 : Grant of certificate of registration of birth or death

Section 24 : Duty of Registrars as to sending certified copies of entries in register books to Registrar General

Section 25 : Searches and copies of entries in register books

Section 26 : Exceptional provision for registration of certain births and deaths

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS
D.—Penalty for False Information

Section 27 : Penalty for willfully giving false information

REGISTRATION OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS
E.—Correction of Errors

Section 28 : Correction of entry in register of births or deaths

CHAPTER IV
AMENDMENT OF MARRIAGE ACTS

Section 29 : [Repealed]

Section 30 : [Repealed]

Section 31 : [Repealed]

CHAPTER V
SPECIAL PROVISIONS AS TO CERTAIN EXISTING REGISTERS

Section 32 : Permission to persons having custody of certain records to send them within one year to Registrar General

Section 33 : Appointment of Commissioners to examine registers

Section 34 : Duties of Commissioners

Section 35 : Searches of lists prepared by Commissioners and grant of certified copies of entries

Section 35A : Constitution of additional Commissions for purposes of this Chapter

CHAPTER VI
RULES

Section 36 : Rules

Section 37 : [Repealed]

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