1.   Interpretation.

   2.   Conditions for marriages.

   3.   Guardianship in marriage.

   4.   Ceremonies for marriages.

   5.   Registration of marriages.

   6.   Bigamy, etc.

   7.   Offences and penalties.

   8.   Matrimonial causes.



Commencement: 1 September, 1961.

   An Act to regulate the marriage of and provide for matrimonial causes between Hindus and persons of allied religions.


1.   Interpretation.

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "custom" means a rule which, having been continuously observed for a long time, has attained the force of law among a community, group or family, being a rule that is certain and not unreasonable or opposed to public policy and, in the case of a rule applicable only to a family, has not been discontinued by the family;

   (b)   "Hindu" means a person who is a Hindu by religion in any form, including a Virashaiva, a Lingayat and a follower of the Brahmo, Prarthana or Arya Samaj, or a person who is a Buddhist of Indian origin, a Jain or a Sikh by religion;

   (c)   "marriage" means a marriage between Hindus which is either—

      (i)   a marriage solemnised under this Act;

      (ii)   a marriage, including a polygamous marriage, solemnised before the commencement of this Act inside or outside Uganda and recognised as such by both parties;

      (iii)   a marriage solemnised under the Hindu Marriage and Divorce Ordinance, 1960, of Kenya, the Special Marriage Act, 1954, of India or the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, of India, or any enactment substituted for that Ordinance or those Acts; or

      (iv)   a marriage declared by the Minister by statutory instrument to be a marriage for the purposes of this Act;

   (d)   "of the full blood" means descended from a common ancestor by the same wife;

   (e)   "of the half blood" means descended from a common ancestor but by different wives;

   (f)   "of uterine blood" means descended from a common female ancestor but different husbands.

   (2) For the purposes of this Act, the following persons are Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs, as the case may be—

   (a)   a person, legitimate or illegitimate, both of whose parents are or were Hindus, Buddhists, Jains or Sikhs by religion;

   (b)   a person, legitimate or illegitimate, one of w

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