Friday, March 06, 2015

Indian Court Says Child Marriage Act Trumps Muslim Personal Law

Z News reports that in India, the Madras High Court has held that the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 takes precedence over the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act 1937, upholding an order of a district child welfare officer preventing the marriage of a 17-year old girl.  The judge rejected the argument that Muslim personal law could be applied.  Under Shariat law, a girl may marry at age 15 when she is presumed to attain puberty. Meanwhile, a hearing is scheduled today in a public interest lawsuit filed in the Madras High Court in which petitioner is seeking an order to prevent state government officials from interfering in the marriage of Muslim girls.