The Prevention of Rum Rasum Act, 1997
(Act No. 1 of 1997)
[Received the assent of His Highness the Maharaja Bahadur on 28th March, 1940/16th Chet, 1996, and published in the Government Gazette dated 21st Baisakh, 1997.]
An Act for the prevention of Rum Rasum.
Preamble. - Whereas it is expedient to provide for the prevention of the custom known as Rum Rasum in the Jammu and Kashmir State; It is hereby enacted as follows :-
1. Short title. - This Act may be called the Prevention of Rum Rasum Act, 1997.
2. Extent. - It extends to the whole of the Jammu and Kashmir State.
3. Definition. - "Rum" means the consideration which the parents, relatives or guardians or a female receive in lieu of the marriage or betrothal of such female from the bridegroom, his relations or guardians either in cash or in the form of movable or immovable property;
"betrothal" means the engagement of a female to a male for marriage or promise to marry.
Explanation. - Wari or any other customary presents made at the time of marriage or betrothal to the girl or her relations shall not be included in Rum.
4. Punishment. - Whoever receives or abets the taking of Rum from any person in connection with any betrothal or marriage shall be sentenced to imprisonment of either description which may extend to one year, or fine not exceeding five hundred rupees, or both.
5. An offence under this Act shall be bailable but not cognizable and [a Judicial Magistrate] shall have Jurisdiction to try it.
Amendments made (after 1956 edition) by Act No.
XL of 1966