Kerala parties oppose minor Muslim girls' marriage

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 22 (IANS) Political parties in Kerala Sunday opposed the decision of nine Muslim organisations to approach the Supreme Court with a plea to allow marriages of minor Muslim girls.

Speaking to reporters here, Communist Party of India state secretary Pannian Ravindran said the demand was unfair.

"At a time when the girls should be studying and planning their future, marrying them off would not augur well," said Ravindran.

Bharatiya Janata Party state president V. Muraleedharan said it was strange that while the country has a law to check minors' marriages, some groups were trying to disrespect the law.

Congress state spokesperson M.M. Hassan said: "It will not be good for the Muslim community if the age of marriage for girls is reduced. The Muslim religious groups should not go ahead with the plan to move the top court."

Leaders of nine Muslim organisations met in Kozhikode Friday and nominated K. Bapu Musaliyar as the chairman and Indian Union Muslim League leader C.P. Mayin Haji as the convenor of a newly-formed Samithi to approach the apex court.

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