- “It is an offense under the POCSO Act to allow marriage of girls below 18”
- “A woman’s marriageable age should be raised from 18 to 21”
Uttarakhand News: The Uttarakhand High Court has sought responses from the state and the central government on a PIL seeking to declare marriage of girls under 18 illegal under Muslim law. This PIL has been filed by the Youth Bar Association of India. After hearing the petition on Friday, a division bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Kolby asked the Center and the Uttarakhand government to file a reply in the matter. It has been said in the petition that Muslim Personal Law allows marriage of girls below 18 years of age. Therefore, the courts are obliged to provide protection to young married girls who have not reached the age of 18.
It is a crime to allow girls under 18 to marry
The PIL states that such marriages cause health problems to minor girls who get pregnant after a physical relationship. It states that allowing the marriage of girls below the age of 18 is an offense under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act (POCSO). The petition said that such marriages should not only be declared illegal, but those who have physical relations with women under the age of 18 under the guise of marriage should also be booked under the POCSO Act.
The age of marriage for a woman should be increased from 18 years to 21 years
The PIL also proposed that the age of marriage for a woman should be raised from 18 to 21 years. Unless such provision is made, such marriage, irrespective of caste or religion, should be held where the woman is below 18 years of age.
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