ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ruled that any marriage under the age of 18 years will be considered illegal. The decision was taken on the request file by Mumtaz Bibi for the recovery of her daughter.
According to the written decision issued by Justice Baber Sattar of Islamabad High Court, a girl under the age of 18 cannot be married. Even the heirs cannot get a boy or girl under the age of 18 married. The age of 28 is biologically 18 years. Mere physical changes before the age of 18 do not legally represent the child has reached puberty.
The Cabinet Divison, on the issue of unambiguity in the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, directed to place the case before the Parliament and ordered to return the 16-year old girl named Sawira Falek Sher back to her mother.
The IHC decison was taken on the request filed by Mumtaz Bibi for the recovery of her daughter, to return the girl from SHO Golra Darulaman to her mother.
It may be recalled that Mumtaz Bibi had registered a case of abduction of her daughter since May 2021. The girl had also given a statement in the High Court to marry voluntarily.
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