1ACT No. VII OF 1909

[22nd October, 1909]

An Act to remove doubts as to the validity of the marriage ceremony common among the Sikhs called Anand.

WHEREAS it is expedient to remove any doubts as to the validity of the marriage ceremony common among the Sikhs called Anand; It is hereby enacted as follows :-

1. Short title and extent.-(1) This Act may be called the Anand Marriage Act, 1909 ; and

2[(2) It extends to the whole of Pakistan.]

2. Validity of Anand marriage. All marriages which may be or may have been duly solem­nized according to the Sikh marriage ceremony called Anand shall be, and shall be deemed to have been with effect from the date of the solemnization of each respectively, good and valid in law.

3. Exemption of certain marriage from Act. Nothing in this Act shall apply to­–

(a) any marriage between persons not professing the Sikh religion, or

(b) any marriage which has been judicially declared to be null and void.

4. Saving of marriages solemnized according to other ceremonies. Nothing in this Act shall affect the validity of any marri­age duly solemnized according to any other marriage ceremony customary among the Sikhs.

5. Non-validation of marriages within prohibited degrees. Nothing in this Act shall be deemed to validate any mar­riage between persons who are related to each other in any degree of consanguinity or affinity which would, according to the custo­mary law of the Sikhs, render a marriage between them illegal.

1For Statement of Objects and Reasons, see Gazette of India, 1908, Pt. V, p. 357; for Report of Select Committee, see ibid., 1909, Pt. V,p. 1034; and for Proceedings in Council, see ibid., 1908, Pt. VI, p. 156, and ibid., 1909 Pt. VI, pp. 156, 161 and 165.
2Subs. by the Central Laws (Statute Reform) Ordinance, 1960 (21 of 1960), s. 3 and 2nd Sch. (with effect from the 14th October, 1955), for the original sub-section (2) as amended by A.O., 1949.