Sikkim Sikhs demand for implementation of ‘Anand Marriage Act’ in the state

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Gangtok, September 29: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling was urged by Delhi Gurdwara Sikh Management Committee (DSGMC), General Secretary, Manjinder Singh Sirsa to frame a new law in the state assembly for implementing the Anand Marriage Act in the state.

Sirsa pointed out that as Sikkim was not a part of India in 1909, when Anand Marriage Act was enacted in the country, therefore the state could not implement the Anand Marriage (amendment) Act in 2012.

Sikh groups have maintained that the members of the community face problems abroad because while they identify themselves as Sikhs, their marriages are registered under the Hindu Marriage Act, creating a lot of confusion.

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Besides Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists are also issued certificates under Hindu laws.

According to the amendment Bill, couples whose marriages have been registered under this Act, will not be required to get their marriage registered under the Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths Act-1969 or any other law for the time being in force.

Stressing on the fact that Sikkim is also a part of India and every law framed by the Parliament of the country should be implemented in the state by default. Citizens shouldnot be deprived of their rights due to historic gap.

He further added that  the Sikh community residing in Sikkim is entitled to get the benefits framed for them by the government.

President Pratibha Patil gave her assent to the bill on 7 June 2012 in the Parliamentary budget session.