PUNALUR: While the groom is in Ukraine, the bride is in Kerala … The Punalur Deputy Registrar’s office witnessed the first online marriage in the state. Bride Dhanya Martin, who reached the office of the Deputy Registrar, was “legally” married to Jeevan Kumar.
The function took place under the supervision of the Deputy Registrar TM Firoz. The marriage certificate was given to the bride shortly after the ceremony. Jeevan, originally from Punalur, works in Ukraine. The couple decided to go for the online wedding because Jeevan was unable to come to Kerala due to the Covid crisis.
Jeevan and Dhanya had filed an application in March to register the marriage under the Special Marriage Law. However, Jeevan was unable to return to Kerala during this period. Following this, the relatives turned to the High Court to request an extension of the validity of the claim. They also demanded that the marriage be celebrated by videoconference avoiding the rule of the presence of both the bride and groom in the registry office.
The court then sought advice from the government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the IT department. With the court delivering a favorable verdict, the Punalur Deputy Registrar’s office became the location of the first online marriage in the state.