Posted on October 18, 2013 by alaiwah
Parliamentarians in Iran is said to have passed a child protection bill which conversely includes a provision allowing a man to marry his adopted daughter once she reaches the age of 13.
The bill stipulates that a court must approve the marriage if it deems it to be in the best interests of the individual child.
Activists have condemned the bill, saying it legalises paedophilia. The law must now be reviewed by Iran’s Guardian Council, which can reject laws for violating Sharia law.
While marrying adopted children or stepchildren has so far been illegal in the country, the minimum age for marriage for boys is 15, and for girls 13 if their father consents.
Girls younger than 13 can still be married with the approval of a judge.
In 2010 alone, as many as 42,000 children aged between 10 and 14 were married.
Recently voicing its position on child marriage was the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) which adopted a resolution on “Strengthening of efforts to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage”, in which the HRC recognises that the practice is not only a violation of children’s rights but has “adverse consequences on the enjoyment of human rights, such as the right to education, the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including sexual and reproductive health, and the right to be free from all forms of violence”. The resolution sets up a panel discussion on preventing and eliminating the practice for its 26th session (June 2014), and requests the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights to prepare a report ahead of the session with civil society input.
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Posted on June 14, 2012 by alaiwah
Indian court ruling on marriage age of Muslim girls disturbing: activists
Women organisations have expressed concern over a Delhi High Court upholding the marriage of a 15-year-old Muslim girl, quoting Mohammedan law on marriage in June 2012.
The court has held the marriage of a minor girl valid, while ruling that a Muslim girl could marry a person of her choice at the age of 15 years if she has attained puberty.
Citing concerns, general secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women Annie Raja said: “This is disturbing because one of the reasons for India’s high maternal mortality is early marriage. This will also prevent the girls from enjoying their Constitutional rights like Right to Education.”
While strongly arguing for one’s right to choose one’s life partner, Raja said the existing law on marriage age should be universally applied.
Sudha Sundararaman, the general secretary of All India Democratic Women’s Association echoed this view. “When it is a question of rights of minor, we are for equal law and equal rights across the board.”
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board welcomed the decision. Hyderabad-based functionary of the law board, AR Qureishi, said Islamic laws prohibit child marriage and deem a girl who has attained puberty to be fit for marital life. “This is a correct interpretation of Muslim personal law. However, since social realities have changed, most Muslim girls marry at a much later age.”
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