If “Saptapadi” not been Completed, Marriage Cannot be Considered Complete and Binding: Patna High Court

According to a recent judgment by the Hon’ble Patna High Court, the completion of the “Saptapadi” holds immense significance in determining the validity of a Hindu marriage. The court stated that if the “Saptapadi” has not been completed, the marriage cannot be considered complete and binding.

In a specific case before the court, the petitioner sought a decree of nullity of marriage, alleging that the marriage was not done of their own free will. The respondent, on the other hand, argued that the non-performance of “Saptapadi” does not affect the validity of the marriage.

The court, after considering the arguments and observations, opined that the onus to prove the validity of the marriage lies upon the respondent, especially when the petitioner has claimed that the marriage was not done willingly. Furthermore, the court emphasized that the completion of the “Saptapadi” is essential to deem the marriage as complete and binding.

The significance of “Saptapadi” lies in its representation of the seven promises that the couple makes to each other. These vows include supporting and respecting each other, promoting love and understanding, sharing joys and sorrows, and striving for a harmonious and fulfilled life together. It is believed that by taking these seven steps, the couple begins their journey towards a lifelong partnership based on trust and mutual respect.

In conclusion, The recent judgment by the Patna High Court further emphasizes the importance of completing this ritual in order to establish the validity of the marriage. Couples should take the time to understand the rituals and customs involved in their wedding ceremonies, ensuring a meaningful and legally recognized union based on Hindu traditions.

Ravi Kant v. Bandana Kumari  ; Miscellaneous Appeal No.248 of 2020 

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