Muslim Law Board objects to marriage registration

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Mumbai, Jan 23 (UNI) Opposing the recent Supreme court order making marriage registration certificate mandatory, the New All India Muslim Personal Law Board today said the community would not accept the directive as it was an infringement of the Muslim personal law.

Speaking to reporters, Mohammed Hashmi Kanpuri, a member of the board, stated that each and every Muslim was bound with Shariat laws, given by Islam and guaranteed by the country's Constitution.

''Any marriage in Islam is certified by three people including a Kazi, and there is no need for any other certification'' he said.

Muslims are governed by their own rules which are different from the rules of other communities, said Mr Hashmi. He stated that according to Shariat Law, a girl can marry once she attains the age of 16 years, whereas the Constitution allows the marriage only after the girl reaches the age of 18.

Taking a swipe at the government's anti-terrorism policies, another board member, Tauqeer Raza said the community was being victimised in the name of curbing terrorism.

''Every time, a terrorist act takes place, Muslim youth are blamed and taken into custody on mere suspicion whereas the real culprits are never caught'' he said.

The board members were of the view that all the governments in power have adopted the policy of 'use and dump' whenever the issues relating to Muslims have come up.

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