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Government to soon decide on minimum age of marriage for girls: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that government will soon take a decision on revising the minimum age of marriage for girls

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Guwahati: A major change seems likely soon in the constitution as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that government will soon take a decision on revising the minimum age of marriage for girls after it receives a report from the committee set up for this.

PM’s remark came at his address during an event to release a commemorative coin of Rs 75 denomination to mark the 75th anniversary of India’s long-standing relation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

“There is an important deliberation going on to decide what should be the ideal age of marriage for daughters,” the Prime Minister said in his address.

He also revealed that he has been receiving letter from women across the country, asking about the reports of the committee and when the government will take a decision on it.

“I want to assure them, the government will soon tale its decision after the submission of the report,” Modi said.

For the first time in the country, the girl’s gross enrolment ratio in education has turned higher than that of boys, because of several efforts taken by the government in the last six years, he informed.

Modi also highlighted that the government has constructed 11 crore toilets across the country under the Swachh Bharat Mission, and is also providing sanitary pads at Rs 1 to poor women.

It is also to be mentioned here that, in his Independence Day speech, the Prime Minister had earlier announced that government was deliberating on what should be the minimum age of marriage for women and has set up a committee to look into the same.

Currently, the minimum age of marriage is 18 years for women and 21 for men.