May 5, 2014 By M P Nazir

No Real Ban of Child Marriage in the Act

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I have doubt whether there is real prohibition of child marriage in the Act. There is only restraint, in the sense that the marriage can be nullified if there is dispute. So also child marriage can be stopped when known in advance. The cause for doubt is there are punishment clauses, when there is no express prohibition. Ultimate effect, according to me, is that legal actions can be only if party to marriage comes up with complaint. That means suo motu actions will not be legally sustainable.

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