source: http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/23324/38/ RSGPC to Prez: Restore "Anand Marriage Act" in its original form Punjab Newsline Network Friday, 12 February 2010 ABOHAR: The Rajasthan Sikh Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (RSGPC) has sought the intervention of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil to get the Anand Marriage Act restored as it had been enacted and implemented by the British government in 1909 for the welfare of the Sikh community. In the two-page memorandum faxed to the President on Thursday, the RSGPC said Sikhism has no confrontation with its contemporaries but it cannot be denied the status of a separate religion since it is not a by-product of any other religion. The Sikh religion is based on truth as Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji had said, “Na hum Hindu na hum Musalman.” But contrary to this, Sikhs were termed as a part of Hindu religion under Article 25-B of the Constitution. This had brought the Sikhs under the Hindu Marriage Act. Claiming that the Anand Marriage Act, recognising anand karaj by Sikh families, remains applicable in its original form in Pakistan and Bangladesh till date, the RSGPC said the same Act has now been adopted in some European countries also. The memorandum further points out that the Constitution Reforms Committee had in 1999 was convinced that Sikhs are a separate religion. It will be thus better to accept the truth and get the Anand Marriage Act restored to strengthen the sovereign image of India, the RSGPC said.