Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Indian Court Says Hindu Marriage Act Covers Marriage Involving Transgender Woman

A trial court in India has held that a marriage between a man and a transgender woman, both of whom profess the Hindu religion, is valid under the Hindu Marriage Act and the Registrar of Marriages is required to register the marriage. In Arunkumar v. Inspector General of Registration, (Madras High Ct., April 22, 2019), the court said in part:
For too long, the transgender persons/intersex people have been languishing in the margins. The Constitution of India is an enabling document. It is inviting them to join the mainstream. Therefore, it would be absurd to deny the transgenders the benefit of the social institutions already in place in the mainstream....
When the right of the transgender persons to marry has been upheld by the Hon'ble Supreme Court, in the very nature of things, they cannot be kept out of the purview of the Hindu Marriage Act.
Deccan Herald reports on the decision.