Govt mulling revising legal age of marriage for girls, hints PM Modi
NEW DELHI: In a hint that go nment is considering revising upward the legal age of marriage for girls which is currently 18 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday a decision on “what should be the age of marriage for girls” would be taken as soon as a committee set-up to study the issue submits its report. “To end malnutrition among girls, to assess what should be the age of marriage, we have set-up a committee,” the PM said.
As of now, while the legal age of marriage in India is 18 years for girls, it is 21 for boys. Anaemia and malnutrition are common afflictions in underage mothers and relate to marriages taking place in the 16-18 age group. That proportion, though declining, is significant even now.
The task force headed by social activist Jaya Jaitly was set-up in June as a follow-up to the announcement made by finance minister Nirm Sitharn in the Union budget for 2020-21 where she stated, “women’s age of marriage was increased from 15 to 18 years in 1978, by amending the erstwhile Sharda Act of 1929. As India progresses further, opportunities open up for women to pursue higher education and careers. There are imperatives of lowering maternal mortality ratio (MMR) as well as improvement of nutrition levels. The entire issue about the age of a girl entering motherhood needs to be seen in this light.”
The task force has the mandate to examine matters pertaining to the age of motherhood, imperatives of lowering maternal mortality rate, improvement of nutritional levels and related issues. It has to also suggest suitable legislations or amendments in esting laws and a detailed rollout plan with timelines to implement these recommendations. TOI has learnt that the task force which was supposed to give its report till July 31, is yet to submit it to the go nment.
The 2001 census said, “In the age group of 15-49 years — the prime child bearing age group — 81.4% of women are married. This percentage is high due to lower female age at marriage in many parts of the country."
The age of marriage has been a point of debate for long. The National Human Rights Commission too has raised the need for uniform age for marriage for both men and women from time to time. In 140 countries the age of marriage is 18 for both men and women. Even the Law Commission in a consultative paper on family laws in 2018 suggested that the legal age for marriage for both men and women across re gions should be recognized at 18 years, the universal age for majority. It does not, however, seem likely that the male age of marriage will be reduced given the go nment's focus on dealing with malnutrition in underage and young brides.
Settling a very critical issue pertaining to under age marriages, the Supreme Court in 2017 had ruled that “sexual intercourse with a minor wife amounts to rape, as under no circumstances can a child below 18 years give consent, express or implied, for sexual intercourse”. However, the go nment’s proposal to bring the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act in synchronisation with the judgement to make child marriages “void ab initio” (invalid at the outset) is yet to take the shape of a decision.
An analysis of child marriage and teenage pregnancies shared by National Commission for Prection of Child Rights and voluntary organisation Young Lives in 2018 shows that while overall prevalence of child marriage among 15 -19 year - old girls declined significantly from 26.5% in 2005-06 to 11.9% in 2015-16, poverty and status of education are key factors in the circumstances that lead to child marriage. The study also reveals that amongst the married girls aged 15 to 19 years, 31.5% girls were found to have babies. Almost a quarter of the married girls in the age group of 15 to 16 years had at least one baby.
REAL INDEPENDENCE WOULD NOW ONLY HAPPEN WHEN TWO CHILD and for marriage minimum age 21 years for girls and 25 years age for boys
Wow saudi arabia has no min age.
Urgent Need is Strict family Laws!! 2-Children Only!! Else No-Ration Nor-Reservations; No Gas-Subsidy Nor Even farmer Loans!! Forget Farmer Loans Waiver for Ever..
Well said. No benefits after two children and extra benefits to people who choose not to reproduce. There is no other way to control population.
This should be applicable for all re gions in India irrespective of their personal law.
Good initiative, should make minimum 21 years for girl and 24 years for boy for marriage with parents consent AND it should be minimum 25 years for girl and 28 years for boy if they want to (love) marry ag inst parents interest.
I don't understand one thing, why is the min age for marriage for male is always more than that of female?It is just like telling people that girls should get married earlier.
It's because girls of 18 years are more mature than a 21 year old boy. that's why the ideal age difference in marriage should be 3-5 years between boy and girl.
If the revision of the girl's marriage age is to arrest the population explosion, then the best thing would be to implement two-child norms.
Goa has Uniform Civil Code enacted in 1908. Marriage for Boys and Girls is at 21 years ....law can be extended across India
When we are promoting equality betweem men and women in all walks of life, why have an age differential for marriage? Let it be same for the two sexes.
Biswarup B Karmakar
21 years for women 24 years for men
What does Modi know about marriage? He ran away on the first night itself and now all Indians have to listen to his advice on marriage?
instead of revising age of marriage govt should consider two child policy because of overpopulation
Navin Chandra Mishra
Early marriage of girls interferes with their education. On this ground, minimum age should be raised to 20 years.
It's an open secret that Feku, aka Surrender Modi, dumped his child bride after his honeymoon. Then, he soon joined RSS and became a pervert, and the rest is history.
He is do concerned abt women,so he dest yed the life of his wife yashodabenji for none of her mistake.Neither he allowed her to remarry nor he gave life to her.Such a barbaric man he is
I can't agree more! 21 should be the legal age - minimum
Looks you don't have anything to talk . Economy is already in the varge of ruine. no new job opening, no DA , no increment till 2022. who want to know legal age of marriage. ????
Mr. Feku at what age you dumped your poor wife?