Name turns villain for bride, marriage registration held up
Guruvayur: A couple failed to register their marriage after the official at the registrar office became doubtful over the bride’s name. The officer refused to register the marriage of the Hindu couple saying the woman has a Christian name.
The wedding registration triggered a controversy in Guruvayur municipality. Deepak Raj and Christeena tied knot at Guruvayur Sri Krishna temple on August 24. Their wedding registration was interrupted over Christeena’s name.
Christeena is the daughter of late journalist K Jayachandran and advocate Anandakanakam. After the wedding, a reception was held at Guruvayur.
The couple arrived for their marriage registration at the office on Monday. They have submitted all documents including the certificates to prove the religion of the couple’s parents. But the official found the bride’s name strange and refused to register their marriage under Hindu Marriage act.
As per her certificates, the bride’s full name is Christeena Empress. Finding this, the official stated that the woman has a Christian name and the marriage would not be registered under the Hindu Marriage act.
Venu Edakazhiyoor, a social worker from Guruvayur, stood witness to the marriage registration. The couple also had a declaration letter from municipal council member Abhilash V Chandran. But the official dismissed their application and asked them to submit the document to prove Christeena’s religion.
Responding to the row, the official stated that he has the discretionary power to withhold an application when in doubt.
Guruvayur municipal council will discuss the issue at the council meet on Tuesday.