16-year-old Muslim girl can marry of her own free will, Punjab-Haryana High Court’s decision

A 16-year-old girl had approached the court to live with her 21-year-old husband. The High Court also ordered that the girl should be given protection to live with her husband.

Muslim girls can now marry a boy of their choice as soon as they turn 16. Punjab and Haryana High Court have said this while hearing a case. The high court’s observation came at a time when a 16-year-old girl approached the court to live with her 21-year-old husband. Along with this, the High Court also ordered that the 16-year-old girl should be provided with the necessary security to live with her husband.

In fact, in one case, a 16-year-old Muslim girl had applied to the Punjab and Haryana High Court for her security after marriage without the consent of her family members. Approving the same application, Justice Jasjit Singh Bedi of the High Court has given this decision. According to a report in India Today, on his behalf, the SSP of Pathankot has been ordered to provide necessary security to the 16-year-old girl to live with her husband.

According to the report, this girl told in her petition that she had married a 21-year-old boy on June 8 according to Islamic rituals. But their lives are in danger from their families of both. While hearing the case, Justice Bedi in his judgment also referred to the book of Dinshah Fardoon Ji Mulla written on Muslim Personal Law.

According to the information, this couple also argued through their lawyer that puberty and adulthood are equal in Muslim law. There is an estimate that a person attains adulthood at the age of 15. He further argued that a Muslim boy or Muslim girl who has attained puberty is free to marry any person of his choice and the guardian has no right to interfere.

It is also being told that some time ago both of them fell in love and decided to get married. They have been married on June 8, 2022, based on Muslim customs and both want to live together of their own free will.

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