Print edition : December 13, 2013

Muslim women offering prayers on the occasion of Ramzan at Marine Drive in Kochi on August 31, 2011. A positive outcome of the controversy is that arguments against the government circulars and the move by the Muslim organisations have come from within the Muslim community itself. Photo: H. Vibhu

In Thiruvananthapuram on June 19, 2012, Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb distributes cash awards instituted by the Women's Muslim Association to Muslim girl students who secured A Plus in all subjects in the SSLC examination. It is well understood among all sections of Kerala society that marrying off young girls denies them access to education, and is truly and indication of the discrimination in society that considers the girl child as a "burden" that should be got rid off at the earliest through marriage. Photo: S. Mahinsha

A controversial circular from the government and the demand by some Muslim organisations in Kerala to let Muslims follow their personal law with regard to the lower age of marriage spark a debate.
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