Prohibition Of Child Marriage Act, 2006 Does Not Differentiate On The Basis Of Religion: Punjab And Haryana High Court

The Punjab and Haryana High Court recently observed that “Even though as per the Muslim Personal law a valid marriage can be contracted between the parties upon attaining the age of puberty; however, it is to be further noticed that the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, does not differentiate on the basis of religion, as regards the commission of any offences punishable under the provisions of that Act” and that action may be taken under the Child Marriage Act, if upon verification of the age certificates furnished by the parties, the age of the girl is found to be below 18 years of age.

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