Kerala Excessive Courtroom has held that marriage of minors below Muslim private legislation isn’t excluded from the sweep of the Safety of Kids from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. If the bride or the groom is a minor, regardless of the validity or in any other case of the wedding, offences below the POCSO Act will apply.
The Single Bench of Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas additional noticed, “The POCSO Act is a particular statute enacted particularly for the safety of youngsters from sexual offences. Sexual exploitation of each nature towards a baby is handled as an offence. Marriage isn’t excluded from the sweep of the statute.
“The POCSO Act is a particular enactment. The advances and progress achieved in societal considering have resulted within the enactment. This particular statute was enacted based mostly on rules arising out of jurisprudence regarding youngster abuse. The kid abuse jurisprudence advanced out of the necessity to shield the weak, the gullible and the harmless youngster. The legislative intent to guard the kid from sexual predators hovering over them below completely different labels, together with that of marriage, is explicitly evident from the statutory provisions,” he additional noticed.
The courtroom additionally famous that youngster marriages have been considered a human proper violation.
“A toddler marriage compromises the expansion of the kid to her full potential. It’s the bane of society. The legislative intent mirrored by the POCSO Act is to ban bodily relationships with a baby, even below the duvet of marriage. That is the intent of society, too, for a statute is, as is commonly stated, the expression or reflection of the desire of the folks. Within the accomplishment of the stated intent, the POCSO Act has outlined the phrase ‘youngster’ in part 2(d) as ‘any particular person beneath the age of 18 years,” the courtroom noticed.
“Private legal guidelines and customary legal guidelines are each legal guidelines. Part 42A intends to override such legal guidelines additionally. Due to this fact it can’t be gainsaid that after the approaching into drive of the POCSO Act, penetrative sexual activity with a baby, even whether it is below the guise of marriage, is an offence,” the courtroom added.
Courtroom held this whereas dismissing a bail petition of a 31-year-old Muslim man who’s accused of kidnapping and raping a minor lady. He contended that he had validly married the lady in March 2021 below the private legal guidelines relevant to them.
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