The Hush Post: A petition has been filed in the Punjab & Haryana High Court demanding that Sikh marriages in Chandigarh be registered under the Anand Marriage Act. In his petition, Sector-11 resident, Navrattan Singh, has appealed that UT administration be directed to frame rules for registration of Sikh couples under the said Act.
Advocate for the petitioner, Navkiran Singh, said that in 2012, the then President, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil, had cleared the Anand Marriage (Amendment) Act and all the states were asked to implement it. The state governments were to frame their own rules under the Act for registration of marriages. Punjab and Haryana have already implemented the Act.
Meanwhile, the High court has issued notice to the UT Administration and sought a reply till February 20.
The Anand Marriage Act was enacted in 1909 but there was no provision for registration of Sikh marriages under it and they were registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.
Sikhs have maintained that members of the community face problems abroad as their certificates are issued under the Hindu Marriage Act. Besides Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists are issued certificates under Hindu laws.