Indian Government Drops Support For Law On Registering Sikh Marriages

According to The Link, India's government announced to Parliament this week that it is dropping a proposal long advocated by Sikhs to provide for separate registration of Sikh marriages. Legislation enacted in 1909 recognizes the validity of Sikh marriages, but provides no means of registering them. Registration must be effected either under the Hindu Marriage Act or the Special Marriage Act. Earlier this week, according to the Times of India, a U.S.-based Sikh advocacy group wrote the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief seeking United Nations intervention to pressure India to pass an act for registration of Sikh marriages.

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