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68. Solemnizing marriage without due authority. — Whoever, not being authorized by Section 5 of this Act to solemnize marriages, solemnizes or professes to solemnize, in the absence of a Marriage Registrar of the district in which the ceremony takes place, a marriage between persons one or both of whom is or are a Christian or Christians, shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to ten years or (in lieu of a sentence or imprisonment for seven years of upwards) with transportation for a term of not less than seven years, and not exceeding ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.





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