Marriage via Video Conferencing

Video conferencing is truly breaking into new and perhaps unexpected areas every day. Another interesting example can be found in Delhi, where the high court has approved that marriage certificates can be issued via video conferencing.

The idea was taken into consideration after the court heard a petition filed by Ravinder Chadha who was asking permission to exempt his Canada-based daughter and son-in-law from personal appearance for their marriage registration. He simply asked if it could be done via video conferencing.

They based their decision on the fact that the rule mandating physical presence while applying for registration was set at a time when technology was only in the early stages of development and the way technology is changing the world is now beyond the comprehension of the people who made these laws in the past. They state that it is time for the law to adapt to changing times.

The court declared that family members can take delivery of the marriage certificate after the couple confirms this through a video conference. They feel that new developments must be recognized and the registration of marriage spouses separated by distance is an issue that cannot be ignored. They see video conferencing as a solution that will avoid unnecessary delays and costs for long-distance couples and that in the end technology will make a long and tedious process of registering marriages easier.

Lisa Honan