KARACHI, Sindh, Pakistan—Shortly after passing of ‘Punjab Sikhs Anand Karaj Marriages Act 2017’ by Western Punjab’s assembly, the Sikhs residing in Sindh state of Pakistan have also begun efforts to get a similar bill named ‘Sindh Anand Karaj Bill 2018’ passed in the state assembly.
It is pertinent to note here that out of the total 25,000 Sikhs residing in Pakistan, 10,000 Sikhs are living in Sindh state.
Speaking to Sikh24, Pakistan Sikh Council’s head Ramesh Singh Khalsa informed that the Sikhs residing in Sindh have also drafted a bill named ‘Sindh Anand Karaj Bill 2018’ which needs to be tabled in the state assembly of Sindh (Pakistan).
He further informed that the marriages of the Sikh and Jain communities are currently being registered under the Sindh Hindu Marriage Act, 2016, on which they have reservations. “The Sikh and Jain communities need to have a separate law to regulate their marriages since they do not want themselves to be registered through the Hindu law,” he added.
Irking over absence of any Sikh MPA in the Sindh state assembly, Ramesh Singh Khalsa said that Sikhs have representation in the Punjab Assembly in the shape of MPA Ramesh Sindh Arora and hence the Punjab Sikhs Anand Karaj Marriages Act, 2017 was passed there but because there are no Sikh MPAs in Sindh, the community has been deprived of any laws related to them.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org