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Provincial assembly in Pakistan passes bill to regulate Sikh marriages

IANS  |  Lahore 

The Assembly in on Wednesday unanimously passed the 'Sikhs Marriages Act 2017', a legislation that will provide legal status to marriages in the province.

The bill was tabled by in 2017 and was signed by Chief Minister last week, Dawn News reports.

The legislation will come into force immediately after it has been approved by the

According to the legislation, a marriage ceremony, or -- which is defined as "the lawful union of a male and female" -- will be performed in accordance with the religious practices as permitted in the Sikh religious text Guru Granth Sahib.

A "marriage deed", a legal document authorising the matrimonial union, will then be issued by a who will be appointed by the

Arora, while presenting the bill in the assembly, observed that "(will be) the only country in the world that would register Sikh marriages" once the measure is adopted.

Hitherto, the records of Sikh marriages were only maintained in a Gurdwara.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 16:36 IST