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ICV Statement Against Forced and Child MarriagesIn anticipation of potential media reporting about a matter before the courts, the ICV is making this statement to clearly set out its stance on any instances of forced or below legal age marriages. The ICV supports the statement issued by the Board of Imams Victoria (BoIV) on the topic of forced and child marriages which can also be found on the ICV’s website and Facebook page. Marriage is a solemn and sacred union of two people who enter into it only after certain requirements are fulfilled. A fundamental prerequisite is that both the bride and groom are doing so of their own free will.
Islam prohibits marriage without the consent of both parties and there are no exceptions. The ICV condemns any instances of forced marriage.As Australian Muslims, we are required to abide by the laws of our country. Victorian and Australian laws clearly establish the minimum age for marriage, and all parties, whether they be marriage celebrants, community and religious leaders, or the families and guardians of children, must strictly and scrupulously uphold these marriage laws. It is true that marriage at a younger age is permitted in other countries and cultures, but this is not a justification for marriage below the legal age or child marriages here in Australia. The ICV does not believe that forced or child marriages are a widespread practice here in Australia, but regardless, one instance is one too many, and the ICV unequivocally calls for the marriage laws of Australia to be strictly adhered to by all members of the Muslim community. For media enquiries, please contact Adel Salman (ICV Media Spokesperson) via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9328 2067.