‘Threat to Muslim personal law,’ IUML raises girls’ marriage age increase in Parliament

Lok Sabha MP ET Muhammad Basheer informed that he along with Abdussamad Samadani, PV Abdul Wahab moved an adjournment motion in the House regarding the issue.

Indian Union Muslim League MPs give adjournment motion notice in the Parliament to discuss the proposal cleared by Union Cabinet that raises the minimum age of marriage of women from 18 to 21 years.

The Muslim League leaders alleged that the new move is a planned one to implement the uniform civil code in the country. They also alleged that the decision is against Muslim personal law.

Lok Sabha MP ET Muhammad Basheer informed that he along with Abdussamad Samadani, PV Abdul Wahab moved an adjournment motion in the House regarding the issue.

“IUML opposes the government’s move which aims to unify the legal age of marriage. Muslim personal law clearly describes marriage, divorce, and the right to property. All these matters belong to our faith. The Union government is trying to intrude into our constitutional rights,” alleged ET Muhammad Basheer.

The Narendra Modi government has cleared a proposal to raise the minimum age of marriage for women from 18 to 21, as minority groups and women’s rights activists fear the move could lead to a “real disaster”.

The decision to raise the age was made during a cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Currently, the minimum age of marriage for men is 21 and 18 for women.

Muslim League leaders have also informed that they will take further action after consulting other political organizations.

CPIM’s women’s wing All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) has also said it strongly disagrees with the recent Union Cabinet decision to raise the age of marriage to 21 from 18 years for girls.

The new decision, according to the left body of women, will in fact be counterproductive since raising the age of marriage for girls will result in further targeting of choice marriages.