The Delhi High Court on Monday sought a response from the AAP government on a petition requesting that all child marriages in the national capital be declared invalid (illegal).
The petitioner has challenged the provision of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act which considers marriage of minors voidable only if one of the two made such a demand and was a minor at the time of marriage.
A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice to the Delhi government and sought to know her stand on a woman’s plea. The petitioner has also requested a woman to invalidate her marriage allegedly done while she was a minor.
The court has sought a response from the woman’s father, brother and her husband before the next hearing date of February 12. The petitioner’s counsel Tanveer Ahmed Mir has urged the court that every child marriage in the state should be declared invalid.
Mir told the court that when his client was married in April 2010, she was a minor and before that she was living in an undisclosed location as she feared that her family would get her to forcibly marry.
Married to maternal uncle’s son
The petitioner claimed that she was married to her maternal uncle’s son. She also claims that she was born on 10 December 1993 and when she was married in April 2010, she had no option but to say yes to it. Because she was waiting for the tenth result and could not go against the wishes of her parents.
The woman said that she was living peacefully with her parents till 19 December 2020 while teaching tuition to Divyang children that her husband came to take her with him to Gujarat. When she protested, her brother allegedly beat her in front of everyone at the behest of her husband. She has been running since then. He has also sought security.
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