An Act to
regulate marriage functions and other related ceremonies.
expedient to provide for regulation of marriage functions and other related
ceremonies and to make incidental provisions.
Be it enacted by Provincial Assembly of the
Punjab as follows:
1. Short title,
extent and commencement.–
(1) This Act
may be cited as the Punjab Marriage Functions Act 2016.
(2) It extends to
whole of the Punjab.
(3) It shall come
into force at once.
2. Definitions.–In this Act:
means a committee constituted under the Act;
(b) “Government” means Government of the Punjab;
includes a ceremony, preceding and succeeding the formal wedding, whether
religious or social rituals such as mayun,
rukhsati or walima;
dish” means one salan, one rice dish, one salad,
hot and cold drinks, roti, nan and one sweet dish;
means prescribed by rules made under the
“public place” means a club, hotel, restaurant, wedding hall, community
center, community park, an open space or any private property hired for a
Prohibition of ostentatious celebrations.–A person celebrating his marriage or
organizing the marriage of any other person shall not:
decorate or cause to be decorated any street, road or public park or any
place other than the building, where marriage ceremony is being held, with
lights or illumination;
explode or allow anyone to explode cracker or other explosive device
including firing by firearms;
display or allow anyone to display fireworks;
display or allow any person to display dowry to the public eye; and
or allow any person to cause nuisance or disturbance to the
neighbourhood beyond reasonable celebrations.
4. Restriction on
A person celebrating his marriage or organizing the marriage of any other
person at a public place shall not serve or allow anyone to serve meals or
other edibles except one dish to the persons participating in the marriage.
Obligation of hotels, restaurants, etc.–A person owning, managing or running a public
place, being the site of marriage, or a caterer shall not serve or allow
anyone to serve meals or other edibles to the persons participating in the
marriage except as provided in section 4 of the Act.
Closing of marriage functions.–A person owning, managing or running a
public place, being the site of a marriage, shall ensure conclusion of all
ceremonies relating to the marriage on or before 10:00 pm.
Committees.–(1) The Government may, by notification
in the official Gazette, constitute one or more committees for the
enforcement of the provisions of the Act.
(2) The committee constituted under
subsection (1) shall perform such functions in
such manner as may be prescribed.
Offence.–If a person contravenes the provisions
of sections 3, 4, 5 or 6, he shall be guilty of an offence punishable with
simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month and fine which
shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees or more than two million
Cognizance of offence.–
(1) Subject to this section, an offence under this Act shall be
bailable and cognizable on a complaint by an
officer notified by the Government.
(2) A magistrate of
the first class shall summarily try an offence under this Act in accordance
with the provisions of Chapter XXII of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898
(V of 1898) on the report of the officer notified by the Government.
(3) The Police
shall associate the officer notified by the Government while entering a
public place where marriage is being held for taking cognizance of an
offence under this Act on a complaint of the notified officer.
Disposal of food and other edibles.–
The food and other edibles procured, prepared, arranged or set for serving
to the extent of contravention of this Act
shall be forfeited and disposed of in such manner as may be prescribed.
11. Rules.–The Government may, by notification, make
rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act.
The Marriage Functions (Prohibition of Ostentatious Displays and Wasteful
Expenses) Ordinance 2000 (II of 2000), in its application to the Province of
the Punjab, and the
Punjab Marriage Functions
Ordinance, 2015 (VI of 2016) are hereby repealed.
Act was passed by the Punjab Assembly on 14 April 2016; assented to by
the Governor of the Punjab on 19 April 2016; and, was published in the
Punjab Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 20 April 2016, pages 4671-73.