US group seeks separate registration of Sikh marriages

Source: Times of India

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WASHINGTON: A US-based Sikh community advocacy group has sought UN intervention to persuade India to pass a law for separate registration of Sikh marriages.

Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) Wednesday submitted a memorandum to UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Heiner Bielefeldt seeking UN intervention to impress India “to amend article 25 of the Indian Constitution to restore the independent status of Sikhism”.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government has refused to pass an act for registration of Sikh marriages while Muslims, Parsis, Christians and Jews of India already have separate acts for registration of their marriages, SFJ said.

The Indian “government’s refusal to pass law for separate registration of Sikh marriages is yet another instant of discrimination based on religion towards Sikhs”, it said.

Categories: Americas, India

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