A child marriage is a marriage between the parties where:
- Both people marrying are minors, or
- One of them is a child/minor.
For a woman, age of marriage is 18 years.
For a man, age of marriage is 21 years.
Under Muslim personal law the age of marriage is puberty (15 years of age). So, if you are below 18 years/21 years respectively and you get married, your marriage is not illegal. However, you can choose to cancel the marriage under the child marriage law.
If an adult man (above the age of 18 years) marries a girl child he will be punished with rigourous imprisonment for two years or with a fine of Rs. 1,00,000 or both.1