Kerala Muslim Body to Go SC For marriageable age issue of the state

Published on: 23 Sep, 2013
Published under: Kozhikode District News

September 21, 2013
Kozhikode

Holding that fixing marriageable age for Muslims was an encroachment into their religious rights, a newly constituted umbrella body of the community here has decided to move the Supreme Court seeking exemption from the minimum age limit of 18 years.

A meeting of the Kozhikode Muslim Personal Law Protection Committee comprising Muslim religious bodies resolved to take legal steps seeking exemption from marriage age restrictions for the community, a committee release said today.
It said the move for setting marriageable age for Muslim girls was a violation of Muslim Personal Law.

“Fixing marriage age for Muslims is an encroachment into the religious rights of the community and hence the state and central government need to take suitable steps in this regard,” said the committee whose convenor is IUML state secretary MC Mayin Haji.

The committee’s decision comes in the backdrop of a raging debate over child marriage triggered by recent ‘Arabi kalyanam’ (Arab wedding) of a minor girl with a UAE resident.

The committee’s meeting, held here yesterday, also expressed anxiety over attempts by certain corners to resort to inimical approach over steps taken for protecting the community’s interest, the release said. It was attended among others by representatives of various organisations including Samastha Kerala Jem-Iyyathul Ulama, Kerala Naduvathul Mujahideen (KNM), Naduvathul Mujahideen Kerala, Jamaat-e-Islami, Kerala state Jemeyyathul Ulama and Muslim Service Society.

Source– http://zeenews.india.com

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