The Union Cabinet took the decision to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years under The Prevention of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021.The legal age of marriage for men is 21 years. With this decision, the government will be bringing the age of marriage for both men and women at par. The decision is based on the recommendation of a four-member task force led by former Samata Party chief Jaya Jaitly. Recently the bill has been referred to the parliamentary standing committee for wider scrutiny and discussion with stake-holders.
In India, the minimum age of marriage was prescribed for the first time by the law known as the Sarda Act, 1929.
Major objectives of the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Act, 2021.
The major objective of the bills are as follows:
Why there is a need to amend the existing Marriage act
Criticism of the bill
The bill has been criticised by many. Main points are as follows:
The critic says that without changing these social outlook and traditional social mores they will not be able to achieve their stated objectives.
What needs to be done: Recommendations of Jaya Jaitley Committee
Written by Rashmi
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