The stage of bulūgh marks a very important point in an individual’s life where he/she transitions from childhood to adulthood, and all the responsibilities, obligations, prohibitions, freedoms, and accountability that comes along with it. As it stands in our current Imāmī legal system, bulūgh is defined purely through bio-physiological signs in the case of boys, such as breaking of the voice, seminal discharge or pubic hair, or the fixed age of fifteen, whichever comes first; and the fixed age of nine years for girls. What this basically means is that a nine year-old girl or a thirteen year-old boy can have full control over themselves and their properties. Furthermore, they hold full accountability for obligations, prohibitions and general liability in spiritual acts of devotion. Under the current system, this would also entail that a twelve year-old boy who, although morally knows right from wrong but has not yet hit puberty, can get away with vices, whereas a twelve year old boy who has attained biological puberty could be subject to capital punishment for the same vices. Needless to say, this is problematic, especially in contemporary non-Muslim milieus which already have their own systems in place, setting ages of consent, autonomy, property ownership, marriage, voting and the like anywhere between sixteen and eighteen years of age.