False marriage ceremony
I have been cheated by a man in a false marriage ceremony, please let me know the remedy, I want to hold him liable criminally.
Is it only marriage or more than that? You have not mentioned full facts and circumstances it is difficult to answer your question properly. However in brief you can lodge FIR for fraudulent marriage and other relevant sections would be added like rape, breach of trust etc. If police don't register complaint then file the same in court.
In the chapter offences relating to marriage, IPC provides 2 sections dealing with fraud marriage/mock marriage. In one section there is a requirement of cohabitation or sexual intercourse whereas in the next one the only requirement is of mock marriage. Please find relevant provisions below:
Section 493 in The Indian Penal Code
493. Cohabitation caused by a man deceitfully inducing a belief of lawful marriage.—Every man who by deceit causes any woman who is not lawfully married to him to believe that she is lawfully married to him and to cohabit or have sexual intercourse with him in that belief, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Section 496 in The Indian Penal Code
496. Marriage ceremony fraudulently gone through without lawful marriage.—Whoever, dishonestly or with a fraudulent intention, goes through the ceremony of being married, knowing that he is not thereby lawfully married, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.
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