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Azeri Mullahs don't care about the law?2012-10-16 15:19
Some unscrupulous ministers of religion violate the legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic. That is why it is still possible to meet in the society young families, whose marriages were not registered by the relevant government authorities, and by the mullahs. This often leads to undesirable consequences, said in the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs.
Fairly traditional Azerbaijani society has a negative attitude to the institution of civil marriage. Couples who prefer to build their relationship this way face a misunderstanding in society. Not wanting to take any legal responsibility, many people turn to a religious marriage. They apply kyabin or sigya which are distinctly different from each other. The main difference is that the kyabin provides lasting legal marriage bond when both husband and wife are fully responsible for each other. Sigya, in contrast to kyabin, may be applied for a limited period of time, and in this case, husband and wife are not burdened with large obligations.
But the main problem the society faces today is not in the form of marriage under Muslim laws. The fact is that today in the Azerbaijani society issue of early marriage is quite urgent. According to the legislation of the Azerbaijan Republic, the lower age limit for the men who want to marry is 18 years, and for the women - 17. In exceptional cases, local authorities have the right to authorize entry into a marriage of a 17-years-old boy and a 16-years-old girl.
Unfortunately, even such a fairly serious concession does not suit for some of the young couples, a sociologist Rizvan Huseynov says. According to him, one can often meet young people who are getting married in a more tender age. Naturally, the relevant authorities refuse to register their relationships, since this is a violation of national laws. And here the mentality comes into force. The girl's parents do not agree to give their daughter into marriage without registering these relationships; and many relatives of the boy are not willing to enter into conflict with Sharia law. And then, young people willing to be married under the laws of Islam turn to the mullah.
We must not forget that Azerbaijan is a secular state in which all relationships are based on the laws adopted by the Milli Majlis (Parliament). According to the legislation of the country, only the marriages registered in the relevant executive structure may be valid. And most importantly, only after this the clergy, at the request of the parties, can formalize relationship on the basis of Sharia. Otherwise, their actions are contrary to the laws of the country, the sociologist says.
At present, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs is working to identify violations of the law by the religious leaders. Employees of the State Committee have recorded numerous cases of illegal applying of kyabin without official marriage certificate. The representatives of the State Committee are negotiating with the Caucasus Muslims Board on this matter. Last year, the State Committee for Family, Women and Children submitted to the Government of the country proposals to toughen measures against persons engaged in such offenses. But, according to information received from the Committee, it has not yet given any results.