16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary | When the matter came up for hearing before a bench of Justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi, the UP government rsquo;s counsel sought time to file the

16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary

16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary

16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary

16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary

16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary

16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary
16-year-old challenges HC order nullifying marriage, SC summons UP Home Secretary
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned Uttar Pradesh home secretary to seek clarification on the state’s stand on a petition filed by a 16-year-old Muslim girl against an Allahabad High Court order nullifying her marriage.

The petitioner has challenged the HC decision to term the marriage as invalid and send her to a shelter home because she was not of legal marriageable age contending that the age of puberty under the Islamic law is 15 years.

The legal age of marriage in India is 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys — both under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, and the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.

When the matter came up for hearing before a bench of Justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi, the UP government’s counsel sought time to file the response.

“We are forced to compel the appearance of Secretary (Home, of UP) to appear personally before us on Monday (September 23),” the bench said as despite granting time to the state counsel for filing reply on the plea, the lawyer has not received proper instruction from the department concerned.

In the Shafin Jahan case, the apex court had ruled that a Muslim marriage was valid if the following conditions were met — both individuals practised Islam, were of the age of puberty, if there was an offer and acceptance in the presence of two witnesses, giving of ‘mehr’ and absence of a prohibited degree of relationship.

Congress appoints five election in-charges for Maharashtra Assembly polls

Congress appoints five election in-charges for Maharashtra Assembly polls

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday appointed five election in-charges, including general secretary Mukul Wasnik, for the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly polls.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi appointed Wasnik, Avinash Pandey, Rajni Patil, R C Khuntia and Rajeev Satav as election in-charges, a statement issued by party general secretary organisation K C Venugopal said.

Wasnik was named election in-charge for Vidarbha, Pande for Mumbai Region and Election Control Room, Patil for Western and Konkan regions, Khuntia for Northern Maharashtra and Satav for Mrathwada region, the statement said.

Earlier this week, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar had announced that the NCP and the Congress will contest 125 seats each Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election.

As per the arrangement, 38 seats will be left for allies to contest, he had said.

The Maharashtra Assembly has 288 seats.

Lucknow reports 125 dengue cases in two months

Lucknow reports 125 dengue cases in two months

LUCKNOW: Lucknow has reported 125 cases of dengue in two months, with 13 more patients testing positive.

The victims who have tested positive on Thursday include six females, one of them an 82-year-old woman.

Of the seven male patients, two are minor boys - aged 11 and 15 years.

The cases have come in from different localities inclding Gomti Nagar, Ruchi Khand, Hazratganj, Tikrohi, Bazarkhala, Salehnagar, Neelmatha, Indira Nagar, Sharda Nagar and Rajajipuram.

According to health officials, dengue fever has affected 173 persons in the state capital alone, with the maximum number of cases being reported in August and September.

The officials said of the total breeding grounds found till date, 70 per cent were found in water accumulated in desert coolers. People need to clean coolers on a weekly basis or pour kerosene oil in the water tank to kill larvae, the officials said.

"A number of cases go unreported because people mistake the symptoms for viral fever which is also very common in this season," said a senior doctor of the Balrampur hospital.

Amid Kashmir tensions, India will participate at SAARC meeting in New York

Amid Kashmir tensions, India will participate at SAARC meeting in New York

NEW DELHI: Amid heightened Indo-Pak tensions, India will participate at the SAARC foreign ministers meeting scheduled to be held on September 26 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, officials said on Thursday.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan will be present in the US next week and will hold bilateral and multilateral meetings.

Officials said India will participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation foreign ministers meeting that is scheduled for September 26.

The meeting on the sidelines of the UNGA could bring Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi face to face for the first time after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions.

Asked about a possible meeting with his Pakistani counterpart as well as the future of the SAARC regional grouping, Jaishankar, at a press conference earlier this week, had said, "if and when I meet Pakistani Foreign Minister, we will see at that time what happens".

The SAARC is about regional cooperation and that refers to trade, MFN, connectivity etc.

, he had said, adding that now every member knows which country is promoting SAARC and which one is impeding it.

Last year, then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had attended the SAARC Foreign Ministers meeting, usually held on the sidelines of the UNGA.

In a veiled attack on Pakistan, Swaraj had told the meeting that the scourge of terrorism remains the single largest threat to peace and stability in the South Asian region and it is necessary to eliminate the ecosystem of its support.

The meeting was attended by foreign ministers of the SAARC bloc - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Swaraj had immediately left after her remarks at the meeting and did not have any exchange with her Pakistani counterpart Qureshi.

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