Pakistan passed the Sikh Anand Marriage Act in 2007.
It is neither desirable nor proper to marry a girl at tender age.
The daughter of a Sikh should be given in marriage to a Sikh.
The core of the Anand Karaj (the 'blissful ceremony') is the 'lavan', wherein shabads are sung with the bride and groom circumambulating the Guru Granth Sahib.
The ceremony serves to provide the foundational principles towards a successful marriage and also places the marriage within the context of unity with God.
It is usually conducted in the gurdwara or at the home of the groom-to-be.
It involves ardas, kirtan, sagun (exchange of gifts) and langar.
It was originally legalised in India through the passage of the Anand Marriage Act of 1909, but is now governed by the Sikh Reht Maryada (Sikh code of conduct and conventions) that was issued by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC).
In a recent verdict of the Sri Akal Takht Sahib, i.e.
It is regarded as a duty for the parents to arrange for, and actively contribute towards, the marriage of their offspring.
Prem Sumarag, an eighteenth-century work on the Sikh social code, lays down: When a girl attains maturity, it is incumbent upon her parents to look for a suitable match for her.
Sikhism does not repudiate vows of celibacy, renunciation or the sannyasin state, but it does discourage it and advocates marital life as the best way of living.