Provincial Minister for HR&MA Khalil Tahir Sandhu has said that Pakistan has become the first country in the world to introduce legislation for the registration of Sikh marriages. He said that Punjab Assembly approved “The Punjab Anand Karaj Act 2017” which is another landmark of Government of the Punjab.
He expressed these views while meeting with minority’s representatives led by MPA Ramesh Singh Arora in the chamber of Punjab Assembly, today. MPA Ramesh Singh Arora said that he tabled this bill and it is honored for PML-N that Pakistan has become the first country in the world to introduce legislation for the registration of Sikh marriages. He briefed to the Minister that the new bill has set the minimum age for Sikh marriages for both male and female at 18 years, every marriage between Sikhs shall be registered under the Act. For the purpose of the registration of marriages under the Act, the government, in the prescribed manner, shall grant license to one or more persons professing Sikh religion to be called Anand Karaj Registrar, authorizing him to grant Anand Karaj Certificate. The bridegroom and the bride or a Granthi shall fill the Anand Karaj form and present it, within thirty days of the marriage, to the Anand Karaj Registrar for registration of the marriage and a copy thereof shall be sent to the chairman. The Minister said that in India, Sikh marriages are registered under the Hindu Marriage Act but Pakistan is the only country in the world where a separate Sikh marriage bill has been formally promulgated. He said that this bill is the result of Sikh-Punjabi brotherhood.