Section 29. Registration of foreign marriage of a person resident in State

(1) Where any person who is a resident of the State has solemnized a valid marriage according to Islamic Law abroad, not being a marriage registered under section 22, the person shall, within six months after the date of the marriage, appear before the nearest or most conveniently available Registrar of Muslim Marriages, Divorces and Ruju' abroad in order to register the marriage, and the marriage, upon being registered, shall be deemed to be registered under this Ordinance.

(2) Where before the expiry of the period of six months, the return of either or both parties to the State is contemplated and the marriage has not been registered abroad, registration of the marriage shall be effected within six months of the first arrival of either or both of the parties in the State by the party or both parties appearing before any Registrar in the State and-

(3) The Registrar may dispense with the appearance of one of Parties if he is satisfied that there exists good and sufficient reason for the absence the party and in that case the entry in the Register of Marriages shall include a statement of the reason for the absence.

(4) Upon the registration of a marriage under this section, a certified copy of the entry in the Register of Marriages signed by the Registrar shall be delivered or sent to the husband and another copy to the wife, and another certified copy shall be sent, within such period as may be prescribed, to the Chief Registrar who shall cause all such certified copies to be bound together to constitute the Register of Marriages of Foreign Muslims.

(5) Where the parties to a marriage required to be registered under this section have not appeared before a Registrar within the period specified in subsection (1), the marriage may, upon application to the Registrar, be registered later on payment of such penalty as may be prescribed.

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