Peshawar: Pakistan Sikhs demand marriage bill for their members. The Sikh community in the Khyber-Pakhtunkwa (K-P) province of Pakistan has demanded for the introduction of a Sikh marriage bill in order to solve various legal problems faced by the community. A local Sikh elder said that the Punjab assembly, Pakistan has already introduced the bill and it was needed for the K-P assembly to follow suit. He added, “We face a lot of problems. When we open a bank account we are asked to give name of a heir. As there is no registration of Sikh marriages it is very difficult to prove inheritance.” Singh said that there was no clear-cut rule to settle domestic issues in the traditional and religious way, if a couple went to the court. Further, he said that Sikhism was religion different from the Hinduism but some people confused them with the Hindu community. He added that the Hindu marriage bill or act wasn’t applicable on them.Another Sikh leader Baba Ji Amarjit Singh said any move on part of the PTI government to solve problems of the community through fresh legislation was highly welcome and added, “We will cooperate with the government but the local community should be taken into confidence in this regard,” he said.Though the Sikh community was recently told by some officials that the K-P government was keen on taking a decision on the issue and they really welcomed the proposal. Pakistan Sikhs demand marriage bill.
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