what is marriage under hindu law?

A hindu marriage, is defined the acceptance of the bride by the bridegroom, constituting her his wife. The bride is not, in one sense, a seal party to the marriage which is a transaction between the bridegroom and her guardian in which she is the subject of the gift.  The expression “bride’s marriage” is said to be a figurative one.  The hindu law vests the girl absolutely in her parents and guardians by whom the contract of her nonconsent is not taken into consideration at all.

But it should not be supposed that a hindu bride is mere chattel to be given away by the the father or taken as by the bridegroom.  The giving of the  girl as a gift to a suitable person is a sacred duty put on the father, after performance of which the father gets the great spritual benefits.

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