Union Cabinet passed proposal to increase legal age of women from18 to 21
Guwahati: The Union Cabinet passed a proposal to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21, the same as it is for males.
This approval comes more than a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the proposal on India’s Independence Day, in the year 2020.
According to sources, the proposal is based on the suggestions of a task force established by the Centre to examine into concerns such as maternal age, the imperatives of lowering MMR (Maternal Mortality Rate), nutritional levels, and other connected issues.”
The government plans an amendment to revise the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act of 2006, as well as the Special Marriage Act and personal laws like the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955.
The task group received feedback from 16 universities and 15 NGOs that worked with young adults who were directly affected by the decision that the marriage age should be between 22 and 23 years of age.
As per official, the idea of extending the legal marriage age for women, was rooted not in population control but in women empowerment.
The Total Fertility Rate is decreasing and the population is under control, according to recent statistics from the National Family Health Survey (NHFS). The recommendation is based on the idea of women’s empowerment, official added.