The Punjab Meeting on Wednesday unanimously handed the Punjab Sikhs Anand Karaj Marriages Act 2017, a invoice that may present authorized standing to Sikh marriages within the province.
The invoice was tabled by provincial minister Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora in 2017 and was signed by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif final week. The passing of the invoice has successfully repealed the Anand Marriage Act, 1909 that was handed below British rule.
The invoice, a replica of which is out there with Daybreak.com, will come into power instantly after it has been authorized by the governor. As soon as the invoice has been authorized, each Sikh marriage that came about earlier than the invoice got here into power would additionally achieve authorized standing.
Based on the invoice, a wedding ceremony, or Anand Karaj — which is outlined as “the lawful union of a Sikh male and Sikh feminine” — will probably be carried out in accordance with the non secular practices as permitted within the Sikh non secular textual content Guru Granth Sahib. The ceremony could be carried out by a male or feminine referred to as a “Granthi” who would learn out from Guru Granth Sahib.
A “marriage deed”, a authorized doc authorising the matrimonial union, will then be issued by a registrar who will probably be appointed by the Punjab authorities.
If a wedding certificates isn’t issued after the ceremony has taken place, it have to be “reported” to the registrar by the Granthi who “solemnised the wedding”.
MPA Arora, who introduced the invoice within the meeting, claimed that “Pakistan [will be] the one nation on the earth that might register Sikh marriages” as soon as the invoice is handed.
Beforehand, the data of Sikh marriages had been maintained in a Gurdwara.
What’s the Punjab Sikhs Anand Karaj Marriages Act?
The invoice not solely permits the registration of Sikh marriages with the provincial authorities but in addition lays down authorized tips for these eligible for marriage, guidelines for dissolution and youngster help or “upkeep” following a dissolution.
Based on the invoice, any wedding ceremony that takes place between a Sikh female and male could be recognised by the federal government so long as the bride and groom are:
Of sound thoughts and never under the age of 18 years
they enter into marriage contract with their free and full consent
should not associated to one another in any diploma of consanguinity or affinity which, in keeping with the customary regulation of Sikhs, renders the wedding between them illegal.
In case a “occasion” seeks to dissolve the wedding, he/she should submit a written word to the chairman — head of a union council, union administration or municipal committee or any official that has been authorised by the federal government to “discharge the capabilities of the Chairman below the Act” — in addition to their accomplice.
The chairman would then need to represent an “arbitration council” inside 30 days of receiving the word, as a way to facilitate reconciliation between the couple. Nonetheless, if “reconciliation isn’t effected inside 90 days from the date of the discover”, the chairman must declare the wedding as dissolved and situation a Certificates of the Dissolution of Marriage.
Following the dissolution, both occasion can have the correct to file an software in courtroom for an “order for upkeep cost[s] and/or a lump sum cost for themselves or for a dependent youngster of the wedding”.