(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 08, 2012
MARRIAGE AGE FOR MUSLIM GIRLS
Expresses Concern on
According to the AIDWA, scientific studies underlie 18 years as the suitable minimum age of marriage for girls, but yet the High Court has delivered a regressive judgement in this regard, invoking the Muslim Personal Laws, which is a setback for women’s rights. It would adversely impact the Muslim girls’ access to education, and increase their vulnerability to maternal mortality and morbidity. While the question of defending individual choice in marriage is important, the possibility of informed consent by a 15 year old girl is by itself highly suspect and cannot be upheld as a norm.
said the judgement
sets an unfortunate precedent, which may pave way for child
Saying that the HC has belied our hopes that the courts will help the process of gender justice for all, the AIDWA has made an appeal to the Delhi High Court to review its verdict in this regard.