Indian Relief Act of 1914
India: In 1913, Judge Searle ruled that only marriages performed under Christian Rites were legal, instantly making Indian, Muslim and other marriages “irrelevant”.
Then Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948) reached agreement with Smuts in 1914, and the introduction of the Indian Relief Act of 1914.
1914 26 June, INDIAN RELIEF ACT passed after a protracted period of Passive Resistance led by Gandhi, following the report of the Solomon Commission. The Act abolished the £3 Poll Tax, recognized marriages contracted in terms of traditional Hindu and Muslim rites, and facilitated the entry of wives into Union, but Indians still not allowed to own property in the two former republics (Transvaal & Orange Free State). Indians are not allowed to live in Orange Free State. Indian children of parents living in South Africa are allowed to immigrate. Restrictions on trading not removed and Indians remain disenfranchised.