Himachal Pradesh and Odisha join Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand and Meghalaya in the implementing the Anand Marriage Act

The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Committee has announced that Odisha and Himachal Pradesh have become the latest states to implement the Anand Marriage Act, joining Punjab, Haryana, Jharkhand and Meghalaya. The Anand Marriage Act was enacted in 1909 by the British Imperial Legislative Council to legally recognise the marriage ceremony Anand Karaj, practiced among Sikhs. The Parliament had passed the Anand Marriage (Amendment) Bill in 2012 which allowed Sikhs to register their marriages under the Anand Marriage Act instead of the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955.

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