Sikh matrimonial law to be reviewed

Punjab’s Supreme Court on Monday overturned a ban on a practice by some Sikhs of matrimonials, but it remained unclear when the final ruling might be announced. 

The ban has been in place since March, but has been contested by the ruling party of Punjab, which has said it wants to protect the sanctity of the Sikh matrilineage. 

“The Supreme Court has been instructed to take up the issue of marriage as soon as possible,” Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif told reporters after the verdict was announced.

The Punjab government, which was headed by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, had opposed the ban, saying it was an affront to the sanctities of the matrilinity and had caused a loss to Punjab’s economy.