According to a state government order that was circulated on Saturday, PDOs have been given the additional charge of marriage registration and this order comes into effect immediately.
As per the Kerala Registration of Marriages (Common) Rules 2008, all marriages in the state should be registered.
The problem with the website is that though it allows beginning the registration process, it could not be completed.
The BJP's youth wing said in a statement that the act was "regressive" and debated that it would "make it easier for people to conduct child marriages".
According to the petitioners, the physical presence of the bride and groom was not required while solemnization of the wedding as per the Act.
Justice Rekha Palli stated that the high court had permitted registration of a marriage through virtual mode earlier as well — in 2007 when the use of video conferencing was at a very nascent stage.
In view of COVID pandemic and the restrictions in traveling it was not presently possible for the husband of the petitioner to come back to India for the purpose of registration of marriage.