Sikhs Don’t Want Marriage Registration Under Hindu Marriage Act

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Representational image of a Sikh wedding (Photo – myweddingplanning.in)

The Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi will notify rules this month to enable Sikhs to register marriages under Anand Marriage Act instead of Hindu Marriage Act

Caravan News

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government of Aam Aadmi Party has assured the Sikh community that it would notify rules enabling the community to register their marriages under the Anand Marriage Act in place of the Hindu Marriage Act. The government made the assurance on the floor of the Delhi Assembly on Wednesday.

The Sikh community has been making the demand for long, saying that their religion is separate from Hinduism and so they should not be forced to register their marriages under the Hindu Marriage Act.

The issue was raised in the House by Manjinder Singh Sirsa who comes from the Sikh community. He reportedly expressed concern over how Sikhs were still registering their marriages under the Hindu Marriage. He demanded that the House must resolve to ensure that they got their due as a minority. He urged members to adopt a resolution for a separate Sikh identity, for which “a minor constitutional amendment” is required.

Responding to his demand, revenue minister Kailash Gahlot told the Assembly that his government would notify necessary rules this month in order to facilitate the Sikh community to register their marriages under the Anand Marriage Act. Aam Aadmi Party has 67 Members in the 70-member Assembly.

Interestingly, Sirsa is MLA from the BJP – the party which has been batting for a Uniform Civil Code for long. Sirsa went ahead to say that Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs must not be “equated” with Hindus “as these are separate religions”.

The Anand Marriage Law was enacted in 1909 but it had no provision for registration of marriages and so they were registered under the Hindu Marriage Act. However, in the year 2012, the Congress-led UPA government of Dr Manmohan Singh effected an amendment in the Anand Marriage Act enabling the Sikhs to register their marriages under this Act instead of the Hindu Marriage Act. But the amended law has not yet been notified in Delhi.

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