Punjab Marriage Functions (Prohibition of Ostentatious Displays
and Wasteful Expenses) Act, 2003
(Pb. Act V of 2003)
[14 February 2003]
An Act to prohibit
wasteful expenses on marriages and ceremonies related thereto.
Whereas it is expedient to provide for the prohibition of wasteful expenses
on marriages and ceremonies related to it and to make provisions connected
therewith and ancillary thereto;
It is hereby
enacted as follows:---
1. Short title,
extent and commencement.–
(1) This Act may be called the Punjab Marriage Functions (Prohibition of
Ostentatious Displays and Wasteful Expenses) Act 2003.
(2) It extends to
the whole of the Province of the
(3) It shall come
into force at once.
In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or
means a Committee constituted under section 7;
means the Government of the Punjab;
shall include all ceremonies, preceding and succeeding the formal wedding
whether religious or social rituals such as mayun, mehndi, barat, nikah,
rukhsati, walima and other related festivities;
(d) “one dish”
means one salan with rice and roti or nan and one sweet dish; and
means prescribed by rules made under this Act.
3. Prohibition of
ostentatious celebrations.– No
person celebrating his marriage or the marriage of any other person
(i) Decorate or
cause to be decorated any street, road or public park or any place other
than a house or a building, where marriage ceremony is being held, with
lights or illumination;
(ii) Explode or
allow any one to explode cracker or other explosive device including firing
(iii) Display or
allow any one to display fire works;
(iv) Display or allow any person to display dowry to the public eye
4. Restriction on
(1) No person celebrating his marriage or the marriage of any other person
shall serve or allow any one to serve meals or other edibles to the persons
in connection with a marriage in a club, hotel, restaurant, wedding hall,
community centre, community park or any other place, except soup or, hot or
cold soft drinks:---
Provided that one
dish may be served at the Walima ceremony to a maximum number of three
hundred invitees, including hosts, attending the ceremony:---
that in case the number of invitees, including hosts, attending the Walima
ceremony exceeds three hundred, no meal shall be served except soup or, hot
or cold soft drinks.
contained in sub-section (1) shall apply to the eating of meals within the
house by the members of family celebrating the marriage, and the house
5. Application of
the Act to hotels, restaurants, etc.–
No person owning or running a hotel, restaurant, wedding hall, community
center, or club being the site of marriage ceremony or any caterer shall
serve or allow any one to serve any meals or edibles to the persons
participating in the marriage ceremony except as provided in section 4.
6. Committees for
prohibition of wasteful expenses on marriage.–
Government shall, by notification in the official Gazette, constitute a
Committee for each
Union, Tehsil or Town, which shall perform such
functions as may be prescribed.
7. Enforcement of
provisions of the Act.– The
District Coordination Officer at district level, Tehsil Municipal Officer or
Town Municipal Officer at tehsil or, as the case may be, town level,
Secretary union council at the Union Council level and Local Government &
Rural Development Department at provincial level shall take all necessary
measures for the enforcement of the provisions of this Act and shall be
assisted by the Committees, in this regard, constituted under section 6.
Whoever contravenes the provisions of sections 3, 4 or 5 shall be guilty of
an offence punishable with fine which shall not be less than one hundred
thousand rupees and not more than three hundred thousand rupees.
9. Cognizance of
offences.– No court shall take
cognizance of an offence under this Act except on a complaint in writing
made by the Committee or the Authorities mentioned in section 7, in the
10. Disposal of food
and other edibles.– The food and
other edibles procured, prepared, arranged or set for serving in
contravention of this Act shall be disposed of in the manner prescribed.
Government may, by notification in the official Gazette, make rules for
carrying out the purposes of this Act.