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1The Divorce Act, 1869

( ACT NO. IV Of 1869 )

Chapter IV

NULLITY OF MARRIAGE

Grounds of decree
19. Such decree may be made on any of the following grounds:-
 
 
(1) that the respondent was impotent at the time of the marriage and at the time of the institution of the suit;
 
 
(2) that the parties are within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity (whether natural or legal) or affinity;
 
 
(3) that either party was a lunatic or idiot at the time of the marriage;
 
 
(4) that the former husband or wife of either party was living at the time of the marriage, and the marriage with such former husband or wife was then in force.
 
 
Nothing in this section shall affect the jurisdiction of the High Court Division to make decrees of nullity of marriage on the ground that the consent of either party was obtained by force or fraud.

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    Throughout this Act, except otherwise provided, the words “Bangladesh”, “Government”, "High Court Division" and "Appellate Division" were substituted, for the words “Pakistan”, “Provincial Government” or “the said Government”, "High Courts" or "High Court" or "a High Court" and "Supreme Court" respectively by section 3 and 2nd Schedule of the Bangladesh Laws (Revision And Declaration) Act, 1973 (Act No. VIII of 1973).
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