April 12, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (April 12, 2012): According to a press release issued on the website of Press Information Bureau, Government of India (PIB-GOI) the Cabinet of Government of India has cleared a proposal to introduce an amendment bill in Parliament to amend the Anand marriage Act, 1909.
“The Cabinet [also] approved introducing a Bill in Parliament to further amend the Anand Marriage Act, 1909 to provide for registration of marriages under the Act” (PIB-GOI, release ID: 82201, para 2).
Currently Sikhs are governed in India by Hindu Codes in all matters related to personal law; these include various matters related to marriage (including registration, judicial separation, restitution of conjugal rights, custody of children, divorce etc.), adoption and maintenance of children, minority and guardianship and matters related to intestate succession.
Current amendment would only add a clause for registration of the Sikh marriages under the Anand Marriage Act, 1909 but the Sikhs shall continue to be governed by Hindu Marriage Act, Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act and Hindu Succession Act for all other matters related to personal law.
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