Chandigarh: In the backdrop of registration of Sikh marriages, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid has said that the Anand Marriage Act will soon be introduced in the Parliament.

Speaking at North Zone Lawyers’ Conference on Legal & Electoral Reforms held at the Law Auditorium of Punjab University, Khurshid said that once the bill is passed Sikhs will be able to register their marriage under this Act.

The Anand Marriage Act was proposed by Harpreet Singh Gharuan, Chairman, Legal and Human Rights Department, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee.

“Presently, registration of marriages of Sikhs, Buddhists and Jains is done under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. Followers of these religions are even governed by Hindu Personal Laws  like the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956; the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956, and the Hindu Succession Act,” he said.

Replying to his demand, Khurshid said that all formalities for making a separate law to register marriages under the Anand Marriage Act have been approved by the Law Ministry and a nod from Legal and Human Rights Department was awaited. “We are sure, Act will be soon implemented,” said the Law Minister.

Meanwhile, speaking about the recommendations of the Sachar committee, he said that a new law will be formed for awarding capital punishment.

JPN/Bureau