Notice to Center Regarding Muslim Girls' Uniform Marriage Age

The National Commission for Women (NCW) has submitted a petition to make the minimum age for marriage for Muslim girls the same as that for people belonging to other faiths . The National Commission for Protection of Children Rights (NCPCR) said the order was unfair, irrational, discriminatory and in violation of penal laws governing minor Muslim women .

New Delhi: On Friday, the Supreme Court issued an alert to the Centre on a petition submitted by the National Commission for Women (NCW) to make the minimum age for marriage for Muslim girls the same as that for people belonging to other faiths.The Center demanded a response from Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Justice PS Narasimha in four weeks.However, the National Commission for Protection of Children Rights (NCPCR) said the order was unfair, irrational, discriminatory, and in violation of penal laws governing minor Muslim women.The NCPCR cited the provisions of the Muslim Personal Law (PCMA) 2006 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) to advise the High Court, noting that the law states that the marriage of a Muslim girl under the age of 15 is regulated by Muslim Personal Law.

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