(Act No.43 of 1954)[9th October 1954]
An Act to provide a special form of marriage in certain cases, for the registration of such and certain other marriages and for divorce. Be it enacted by Parliament in the Fifth Year of the Republic of India as follows:
Section 1. Short title, extent and commencement
(1) This Act may be called the Special Marriage Act, 1954.
(2) It extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir, and applies also to citizens of India domiciled in the territories to which this Act extends who are 2 [in the State of Jammu and Kashmir].
(3) It shall come into force on such date3 as the Central Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.