Punjab approves draft of Punjab Anand Marriage Rules, 2016

Sikh marriage

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet today gave approval to the draft of Punjab Anand Marriage Rules, 2016 in conformity with the registration of Marriages in the state by exercising the powers conferred under Section-6 of the Anand Marriage, Act 1909 as amended by Anand Marriages (Amendment) Act 2012.

Earlier Punjab President of SAD (Delhi) Jaswinder Singh Baliawal on Wednesday emandedPunjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for not having approved the Anand Marriage Act for the registration of Sikh marriages whereas a bill in this regard had already been approved by the neighbouring state of Haryana.

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Baliawal said, “It was after a long struggle that the British government had recognized the Sikhs as a separate community and passed the Anand Marriage Act legalizing Sikh marriages known as Anand Karaj. However, after the Independence the Sikhs were not given the status of minority community and were designated as part of the Hindu community. As a result, they have to register their marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act.”

It should be mentioned here that those marriages which were being registered under the Anand Marriages Act 1909 and Anand Marriages (Amendment) Act, 2012 shall not be required to be registered under the Punjab Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act 2012.