The Punjab and Haryana High Court has given an important ruling regarding the marriage age of girls. The Punjab and Haryana High Court, relying on documents related to various decisions by Muslim marriages and courts, has admitted that a Muslim girl who is under 18 years of age and has attained puberty He is free to marry anyone according to Muslim personal law. The court has given this decision on the basis of article-195 of a Muslim religious book.
According to the Times of India, for this, the High Court has cited Article 195 of the Principles of Mohammedan Law by Sir Dinesh Fardunji Mulla. The High Court felt that upon attaining the age of puberty, a Muslim girl is free to marry a man of her choice.
Explaining the ability of marriage under Muslim Personal Law, article 195 in Mulla’s book says that every Muslim with a mature mind who has attained puberty can contract marriage. Minors who have not attained puberty can be validly contracted in marriage by their parents. According to the book, on completion of 15 years of age, puberty is considered complete due to lack of evidence.
Justice Alka Sarin gave this order while hearing the petition of a Muslim couple from Punjab. The petitioners in this case, a 36-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, had announced their marriage on 21 January 2021 according to Muslim rites and ceremonies. This was their first marriage. He sought directions for the safety of his life and freedom from his relatives, who are against the relationship.