10 October 2017
Kulbir singh kalsi
After being implemented in seven states, the Anand Marriage Act implemented has now been implemented in three more states taking the total number of states to implement this act to ten. Now Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram have become 8th, 9th and 10th state respectively to implement this act. In another important development Delhi is all set to implement this act very soon.
In a statement issued S. Manjinder Singh Sirsa General Secretary the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) said that with the blessings of almighty the campaign to get this act implemented in the country has gained momentum and he was hopeful that within a short span of time this act will be implemented in all the states of the country. He said that process to implement the act was on in various states including Bihar, Uttrakhand, Delhi amongst others. He said that it was matter of pride of Sikhs residing in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram who can now get their marriages registered under the act.
- Sirsa also informed that he had met Delhi LG Mr. Anil Baijal who has assured him that act will be Delhi implemented soon and process for the same is near completion.
He further disclosed that that foundation for enacting this actwas laid around 108 years ago in 1909 when Imperial Legislatve Council under the Governor General had passed this act to legalize Anand Marriage ceremony among the Sikhs. In year 2012 Parliament had amended the act it was named Anand Marriage (amendment) act, 2012 in which many changes were brought in it including naming the marriage from Anand Marriage to ‘Anand Karaj’ which is traditional name in the Sikhs.
- Sirsa also disclosed that it was wish of the Shiromani Akali Dal President S. Sukhbir Singh Badal to get the act implemented throughout the country and he was taking up the matter with different state governments where it was still to be implemented.