The Prime Minister said on Saturday that the age of marriage for girls will be 21 years. They will appoint a committee for this. Now it is to consider whether the age of marriage for girls will be 21 years and if so, when?
New Delhi: The government is considering raising the legal age of marriage for girls to 21 years, PM said on Saturday. They will form a committee to study the subject. Also, he said that they have set up a committee to access the age of marriage. This is to end malnutrition among girls. So far, the legal age of marriage in India is 18 for girls, but for boys, it is 21. Weakness and starvation are common problems in young mothers. It commonly correlates with marriages between the ages of 16-18. Although this proportion is declining, it is still significant.
What is the task force?
The task force, headed by social activist Jaya Jaitley, was set up in June. They set it up in line with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s release in the 2020-21 Union Budget. They have raised the age of marriage for women from 15 to 18 by modifying the previous Sharda Act of 1929. As India rises, women have access to higher education and careers. There are several measures to reduce maternal mortality ratio (MMR) and improve nutritional status. The entire case of a girl entering the age of motherhood needs to see in this light.
The task force is to check out matters related to maternal age, essentials for reducing maternal mortality, improving nutritional status and related matters. A detailed rollout plan with suggestions and timelines to rule or existing rule will have to suggest implementing these purpose. However, It is to figure out that the task force have to submit its report by July31. It has not yet submitted it to the government. 81.4% of Women, those who aged 15 to 19 are married as per the 2001 census. In fact, most parts of the country, the rate is higher because of the declining age of women in marriage.
However, The National Human Rights Commission has also increased the required age for both men and women to be same. In fact, There is a requirement of the legal age for marriage for men and women of religion. However, The universal age of majority is not likely to accept after 18 years. The government’s attention to starvation among minors and brides does not seem to reduce the male age of marriage.
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