As Punjab-Haryana High Court’s Recent decision , 16-year-old Muslim girl can marry of her own free will

A petition seeking equalization of marriage age is pending in the Supreme Court. But in the meantime, a single judge bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that a Muslim girl can marry of her own free will at the age of 16. Behind this, the court cited Islamic law, in which a boy and a girl are considered adults when they come across sexual characteristics during adolescence.

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On the first hand,the High Court said that marriage of Muslims is subject of Muslim personal law. Under this, any person who has attained sexual maturity is considered eligible for marriage. On the other hand, it has been clarified that if there is no evidence, then the age of 15 years will be considered as marriageable. The High Court said that every citizen of the country has the right to life and liberty.In fact, a Muslim couple who got married without the consent of their family members had applied for protection in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Approving the same application, High Court Justice Jasjit Singh Bedi directed the S. S. P. Ordered that the 16-year-old girl be provided adequate security to live with her husband.

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Now, the couple stated in the petition that they were married on June 8 in an Islamic manner. But their families are behind their lives. That is why they has reached the High Court to save their life.In his judgment, Justice Bedi quoted Dinshah Fardun Ji Mullah’s book on Muslim Personal Law as saying that the couple’s marriage was legal.

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