Demands Amendment to Article 25 to Restore Separate Identity of Sikhism
May 8, 2012. All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) rejected the amendments to Anand Karaj Act 1909 as proposed under under a new Bill Anand Marriage Amendment – 2012. The new bill that was introduced in the Rajya Sabha by Law Minister Salman Khurshid amends the Anand Marriage Act, 1909, by inserting a new Section enabling registration of marriages performed as per the Sikh rituals.
AISSF President Karnail Singh Peermohammad stated that proposed amendments to Anand Marriage Act does not give separate identity to Sikh religion as propagated by various advocates and law minister. The Government’s action of forcing Sikhs to follow Hindu Acts is discrimination against Sikh community and is an open attack on the Sikh identity and is in violation of “equal rights” provided under Articles 14 and 15 of the Constitution of India.
As per Article 14 & 15 of the Constitution, the Government cannot deny Sikhs to have Separate Acts as Muslim, Christians, Parsis and Jews already have their own acts for Inheritance, disposition of property, adoption and registering marriages added Peermohammad.
AISSF President Karnail Singh Peermohammad stated that it took Government more than sixty years after independence to propose a change in Hindu Marriage Act, which is a failure on the part of the Government to grant separate identity to Sikhs, while keeping a status quo on Inheritance, disposition of property, adoption laws for which again Sikhs have to follow Hindu acts.
AISSF President stated that Amendment to article 25 of the Constitution of India is the only Solution that is acceptable to Sikhs since it will give Sikhism a separate identity. Sikhism which is a separate religion and is acknowledged as such throughout the world, except in Indian legal system and Article 25 of the Constitution of India has amalgamated Sikhism into Hindu religion. Sikhs across the world object to this undermining of their religious identity and demand restoration of separate identity and status of their religion-Sikhism in Indian Constitution.
Ever since the promulgation of Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, Sikhs have opposed it and demanded restoration of their religion’s separate status. The struggle of Sikhs to have their religion recognized as a separate and distinct religion has resulted in extreme repression of Sikhs by the Indian government added Peermohammad.
On May 15, a memorandum will be submitted to PM Manmohan Singh demanding amendment to Article 25, which is the root cause of all issues related to separate identity of Sikhs in India. AISSF will launch an international campaign to bring consensus among Sikhs and to force Government of India to amend Article 25 of the Constitution of India granting Sikhism a separate identity.
Issued by :
Karnail Singh Peermohammad, President, AISSF