NUMERICAL VS. PHYSIQUE OF A CHILD: A SEARCH FOR CONCURRENCE AGE OF MARRIAGE BETWEEN THE SHARIAH AND NIGERIAN LAW

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2020

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University of Malaya.

Abstract

Child marriage has generated a lot of argument among scholars and this no doubt culminated in promulgation of law on child right. One of the aims of this law is to prevent child marriage. Others include prevention of sexual abuse and other violent acts. There are divergences in the laws of various states as to marriageable age. The commutative effect of these various laws is that Nigeria as a country has taken a holistic approach to reduce child marriage but the issue is still persistence and it affects the health of children and their live beings. This paper therefore examines the concept of child, the determinant factor for marriageable age of a child; whether the number or physical appearance and co-relation between child marriage and mortality. In doing this, the paper adopts doctrinal method which involves analysis of primary and secondary data. The paper argues that although child marriage has negative effect on the children, the determination of the word child is different under Shari’ah, because marriageable age is not based on numerical age alone, the physique of a child is also important feature.

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Numerical, Physique, Child, Marriage, Shari

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Journal of Shariah Law Research (JSLR), 5 (1), 107-128

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