Section 8 in The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006

Title: Court to which petition should be made

Description: For the purpose of grant of reliefs under sections 3, 4 and 5, the district court having jurisdiction shall include the district court having jurisdiction over the place where the defendant or the child resides, or where the marriage was solemnised or where the parties last resided together or the petitioner is residing on the date of presentation of the petition.

Title: Punishment for male adult marrying a child

Description: Whoever, being a male adult above eighteen years of age, contracts a child marriage shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment which may extend to two years or with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees or with both. STATE AMENDMENT Karnataka Amendment of section 9.--In section 9 of the principal Act, for the words “be punishable with rigorous imprisonment which may extend to two years”, the words “be punishable with rigorous imprisonment of not less one year which may extend up to two years” shall be substituted. [Vide Karnataka Act 26 of 2017, s. 3].

Title: Punishment for solemnising a child marriage

Description: Whoever performs, conducts, directs or abets any child marriage shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment which may extend to two years and shall be liable to fine which may extend to one lakh rupees unless he proves that he had reasons to believe that the marriage was not a child marriage. STATE AMENDMENT Karnataka Amendment of section 10.--In section 10 of the principal Act, for the words "be punishable with rigorous imprisonment which may extend to two years, the words "be punishable with rigorous imprisonment of not less than one year which may extend up to two years" shall be substituted. [Vide Karnataka Act 26 of 2017, s. 4].

Title: Punishment for promoting or permitting solemnisation of child marriages

Description: (1) Where a child contracts a child marriage, any person having charge of the child, whether as parent or guardian or any other person or in any other capacity, lawful or unlawful, including any member of an organisation or association of persons who does any act to promote the marriage or permits it to be solemnised, or negligently fails to prevent it from being solemnised, including attending or participating in a child marriage, shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment which may extend to two years and shall also be liable to fine which may extend up to one lakh rupees: Provided that no woman shall be punishable with imprisonment. (2) For the purposes of this section, it shall be presumed, unless and until the contrary is proved, that where a minor child has contracted a marriage, the person having charge of such minor child has negligently failed to prevent the marriage from being solemnised. STATE AMENDMENT Karnataka Amendment of section 11.--In section 11 of the principal Act, in sub-section (1),-- (a) for the words "be punishable with rigorous imprisonment which may extend to two years", the words be punishable with a rigorous imprisonment of not less than one year which may extend up to two years" shall be substituted. (b) proviso shall be omitted. [Vide Karnataka Act 26 of 2017, s. 5].

Title: Marriage of a minor child to be void in certain circumstances

Description: Where a child, being a minor— (a) is taken or enticed out of the keeping of the lawful guardian; or (b) by force compelled, or by any deceitful means induced to go from any place; or (c) is sold for the purpose of marriage; and made to go through a form of marriage or if the minor is married after which the minor is sold or trafficked or used for immoral purposes, such marriage shall be null and void.

The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006