Prohibited relationships include relationships by full, half and uterine blood. When both the parents of the two persons are the same, they are related by full-blood. When the father is the same but the mothers are different, they are related by half-blood and when the mother is the same but the fathers are different, they are related by uterine blood.

Prohibited Relationships under Hindu Marriage Law

Last updated on May 26, 2022

If the spouses are within the degrees of prohibited relationship, then their marriage will not be a valid marriage. The following are the kinds of prohibited marriages:

  • If one spouse is a lineal ascendant of the other. A lineal ascendant includes a father, mother, grandfather and grandmother, but also great grandfather and great grandmother and so on.
  • If one spouse is the wife or husband of a lineal ascendant or descendant of the other. A lineal descendant will include not only children and grandchildren but also great grandchildren and their children as well.
  • If the two spouses are brother and sister, uncle and niece, aunt and nephew, or first cousins.
  • If one spouse is the
    • Ex spouse or widow(er) of your sibling or
    • Ex spouse or widow(er) of your father’s or mother’s sibling or
    • Ex spouse or widow(er) of your grandfather’s or grandmother’s sibling.

In some cases, despite a relationship being prohibited by law, a person’s custom might still permit a marriage with another person. In this case, they can get married because their custom allows them to do so

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