Parliament has passed a Bill to remove doubts on the validity of the 'Anand Karaj' (marriage) among the Sikhs. Rajya Sabha too had adopted the Bill on Monday by a voice vote.
The Anand Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2012, which seeks to amend the Anand Marriage Act, was passed by the Lok Sabha by a voice vote.
Moving the Bill for consideration, law minister Salman Khurshid said the legislation was evidence of the intention of the government to respect the sentiments of people of all religious communities.
The Bill seeks to amend the Anand Marriage Act, 1909, to provide for compulsory registration of 'Anand Karaj' marriages.
It is proposed to provide in the Bill that the parties to the marriage whose marriage has been registered under this Act shall not be required to get their marriage registered under the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969 (after the enactment of the proposed amendments) or any law for the time being in force.