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'Marriage of minor Muslim girls should be abolished'

'Marriage of minor Muslim girls should be abolished'

Publication: The Statement
Date: October 12, 2011
URL: http://thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=386303&catid=42

The state minister for inland and waterways, Mr Haider Ali Safwi, today said marriage of minor Muslim girls should be abolished.

He was speaking at a conference organised by Sara Bangla Muslim Marriage Registrar and Quazi Society this morning. He said many Muslim girls are illiterate and their parents force them to marry before they become adults.

He said there is a need to provide education to all Muslim girls. It was often found that most Muslim men marry four women without any reason. The Quazis perform their marriage without inquiring the reason for marrying so many girls.

Mr Safwi said if any Muslim man wants to marry twice, it is the responsibility of the Quazis to ask them about the reason for such marriage.

However, members of the organisation claimed that they have seen many cases where the Muslim Marriage Registration Act was amended according to their own whims and fancies and it cannot be tolerated. They had given a deputation to the state government urging it to look into the matter. They also claimed that the state government should take action against the fake Quazis who are giving permission for such marriages. They also claimed that more minorities should be inducted into government services.

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