ISLAMABAD (News Desk) – Responding to the recent burning incident in Lahore, top clerics of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) have issued a fatwa, calling the burning of women who marry by choice an un-Islamic and unpardonable act.

The fatwa was unanimously issued by around 40 scholars on the appeal of Sunni Ulema Council chairman Sahibzada Hamid Raza.

In the fatwa, all of the scholars agreed that Islam doesn’t prohibit a mature woman from marrying someone by her choice.

“Burning the girls or women for doing so, is categorically against Islamic teachings and practices,” they maintained.

The scholars have also urged federal and provincial governments of the country to take serious action against those committing such crimes by implementing proper legislation, adding that the protection of women’s rights is the obligation of an Islamic state (caliphate).

Terming the recent burning of a teenage girl by her mother for marrying by choice a horrific incident, the Ulema said that such incidents reveal that the country was moving towards degradation.