Muzaffar Ali Sajjad And Ors. vs State Of Andhra Pradesh on 9 November, 2001
The case features petitioners seeking the dismissal of the criminal charges citing exemption from the Child Marriage Restraint Act contesting that customary Muslim personal laws allows muslim girls to marry after puberty.
The High Court identifies two legal issues of significance. First, the validity of the marriage. The second, the applicability of legal punishments under Section 4,5 and 6 of the Child Marriage Restraint Act. The verdict notes that while the marriage cannot be declared void as per customary law even if the girl is a minor, persons who participated in the marriage cannot be immune from the legal punishment as applicable under the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929.
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