Union Cabinet passed proposal to raise legal age Marriage for Women

New Delhi: A year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a plan to increase the legal age of marriage of women from 18 to 21 years is under review, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday (Decmebr 15) passed a proposal to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years — the same as men, The Indian Express reported.

According to the report, sources said that following the Cabinet’s approval, the Government will introduce an amendment to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, and therefore bring amendments to the Special Marriage Act and personal laws such as the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.

The clearance of the proposal is based on recommendations submitted to NITI Aayog in December 2020 by the Centre’s task force, headed by Jaya Jaitly, which was constituted to examine “matters pertaining to age of motherhood, imperatives of lowering MMR (Maternal Mortality Rate), improvement of nutritional levels and related issues”.

The move comes more than a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the plan during his Independence Day address of 2020.

“This government is constantly concerned about the health of daughters and sisters. To save the daughters from malnutrition, it is necessary that they’re married at the right age,” the Prime Minister had said in his address.

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