Two government officials will keep a watch on the minor Muslim girl from Aurangabad rescued just hours before her marriage.
This is to ensure that her parents comply with an undertaking given to the Bombay High Court that they would not marry her off until she is 18.
The high court on Thursday directed the village sarpanch to visit her once a month and submit a report to the probation officer at Aurangabad appointed under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act. The probation officer will also visit her once in three months and submit a report to the Child Welfare Committee, which had remanded her to a shelter home in the city.
On December 10, 2009, the girl was scheduled to marry a Ghatkopar resident, Arshad Akramuddin Haji Khan. But just a few hours before the marriage, the Ghatkopar police reached the girl’s Aurangabad resident and rescued her.
The police action was based on a complaint lodged by a close relative of the girl.
The girl’s mother, Zakia Begum, had challenged the police action saying provisions of Prohibition of Child Marriage Act were not applicable to Muslims in India. According to her lawyer Prakash Wagh Muslims are governed by their personal law, which recognises 15 years or attainment of puberty as marriageable age.’