Short title, extent and commencement
(1) This Act may be called the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2. 3[(2) It extends to the whole of India 4[except the State of Jammu and Kashmir]; and it ...
In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,- [(a) "child" means a person who, if a male, has not completed twenty-one years of...
Punishment for male adult below twenty-one years of age marrying a child
Whoever, being a male above eighteen years of age and below twenty-one, contracts a child marriage 8[shall be punishable with simple imprisonment which may ex...
Punishment for male adult above twenty-one years of age marrying a child
Whoever, being a male above twenty-one years of age, contracts a child marriage shall be punishable with 9[simple imprisonment which may extend to three month...
Punishment for solemnizing a child marriage
Whoever performs, conducts or directs any child marriage shall be punishable with 9[simple imprisonment which may extend to three months and shall also be lia...
Punishment for parent or guardian concerned in a child marriage
(1) Where a minor contracts a child marriage, any person having charge of the minor, whether as parent or guardian or in any other capacity, lawful or unlawfu...
Offences to be cognizable for certain purposes
10[The Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, shall apply to offences under this Act as if they were cognizable offences-(a) for the purpose of investigation of suc...
Jurisdiction under this Act
Notwithstanding anything contained in section 190 of the 11[Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973] no Court other than that of a 11[Metropolitan Magistrate or a Ju...
Mode of taking cognizance of offences
No Court shall take cognizance of any offence under this Act after the expiry of one year from the date on which the offence is alleged to have been committed...
Preliminary inquiries into offences
Any Court, on receipt of a complaint of an offence of which it is authorized to take cognizance, shall, unless it dismisses the complaint under section 203 o...
Power to take security from complainant-Repealed by the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Act, 1949
Repealed by the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Act, 1949]...
Power to issue injunction prohibiting marriage in contravention of this Act
(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act, the Court may, if satisfied from information laid before it through a complaint or otherwi...
1 The Act has been extended to Berar by the Berar Laws Act, 1941 (4 of 1941); to Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Reg. 6 of 1963; to Goa, Daman and Diu by Reg. II of...