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VISHNU PRASAD MD   11 December 2017

Minimum age of marriage of muslim girl

What is the minimum age of marriage for a muslim girl?I once heard that the age of majority of muslim girls is their puberty.. Once they menstruate it is considered that they are ready to get married.Is this still the law? Doesnt Prohibition of child marriage Act,2006 applicable to muslims?


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Vijay Raj Mahajan (Advocate)     11 December 2017

Definitely the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 applies to Muslims as there is no clause in the Act that prohibits the application of the Act on Muslims. The age of marriage under the Act is 21 years for man and 18 years for woman. The Muslim Shariat law may be propagating as age of marriage for girl to be their puberty, but that doesn’t prohibit the prosecution of offender under this Act.

Vijay Raj Mahajan (Advocate)     11 December 2017

Definitely the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 applies to Muslims as there is no clause in the Act that prohibits the application of the Act on Muslims. The age of marriage under the Act is 21 years for man and 18 years for woman. The Muslim Shariat law may be propagating as age of marriage for girl to be their puberty, but that doesn’t prohibit the prosecution of offender under this Act.

Radha Krishna   11 December 2017

Muslims are goverened by the Shariat Law, Hon SC agrees.

VISHNU PRASAD MD   11 December 2017

Yes.. And hindus by hindu law and christians by christian laws.All are having their own personal laws. But dont these special laws such as mentioned above applicable to everyone regardless of the community they belong to?

Dr J C Vashista (Advocate)     11 December 2017

It is 18 years for a girl irrespective of faith.

Kumar Doab (FIN)     13 December 2017

Doesnt Prohibition of child marriage Act,2006 applicable to muslims

As per various HC judgments; yes.

Kumar Doab (FIN)     13 December 2017

Other than mere legal view; the body of minor of 15 years is not proper child bearing age.

Minor boy may also not be fit to marry although girl of boy might hve reached puberty.

From point of view of empowerment to girls it is not proper to marry minors.


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