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Updated: September 25, 2013 12:47 IST

Kerala Muslim forum rejects move to lower age of marriage

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The Khuran Sunnath Society has opposed the move by Muslim groups in Kerala to seek a ban on the prevention of child marriages, saying it will prevent higher education for girls. File photo shows pupils at a Government Urdu medium school for girls in Delhi. Photo: Rajiv Bhatt.
The Khuran Sunnath Society has opposed the move by Muslim groups in Kerala to seek a ban on the prevention of child marriages, saying it will prevent higher education for girls. File photo shows pupils at a Government Urdu medium school for girls in Delhi. Photo: Rajiv Bhatt.

The Khuran Sunnath Society, which has questioned the validity of many religious practices observed by Muslims, has said that it will take legal action to defeat the move to lower the marriage age for Muslim girls. It was a retrograde step that would take the community back into the sixth century, society office-bearers said at a press meet on Tuesday.

The leaders said the interest shown by the religious heads to lift the ban on child marriage was meant to deny Muslim girls their legitimate right to higher education. Condemning marriage between immature adolescents — which the religious leaders wanted to facilitate — as anti-Koran and anti-national, the leaders said they had decided to launch a State-wide campaign against the move to get exemption for Muslims from the provisions of the Child Marriage (Prevention) Act that banned marriage of girls below the age of 18 years.

“The move is to win over Arabs and make money… It is surprising that even the Muslim Educational Society, led by Fazal Gafoor, is backing this move. The fact is that no organisation can claim to be the lone and only representative voice of Muslim community. Giving girls in marriage without their consent amounts to harassment and persecution of women. This move is also aimed at the Muslim vote bank. The Khuran Sunnath Society would lead the resistance against this move,” said the spokesmen for the society that was once led by Islamic scholar Chekannur Maulavi who disappeared under mysterious circumstances years ago.

Hassan’s stance

Special Correspondent writes from Thiruvananthapuram:

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president M.M. Hassan on Tuesday said the Congress did not agree with the opinions of Muslim religious scholars on reducing the marriage age of girls belonging to the community. Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Hassan that fixing the marriage age as 18 was not against the Muslim Personal Law.

Reducing the marriage age will only retard the social and educational progress of the community.

I am a muslim and my sister is doing MBBS...And no muslims in the least sense would marry off their sisters till they r properly educated and sustain a happy family...Lowering age?? Complete nonsense...but one thing for sure...all the fires and fuzz...that would never happen in kerala

from:  Ijaz Jabbar
Posted on: Sep 26, 2013 at 17:02 IST

Kerala is slowly becoming a literate pakistan with increase in moral policing goons and attacks against women

from:  Suhas
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 10:20 IST

Nothing is more insane than making rules based on some sources which cannot be proved at the 1st place.This what many orthodox muslim sect are doing....

from:  Bidhan
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 04:45 IST

So an ancient religious 'law' stands above the law of the land which means there cannot be any reform. What if some Hindu outfit were to say widow burning should continue because it was sanctioned in some ancient book?

from:  Navaratna Rajaram
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 00:59 IST

This move to lower marriage age for Muslim girls is appalling. No Muslim personal laws is above the the laws of India. The government and country must reject this move and get rid of these special provisions. One law for one nation.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 23:54 IST
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