June 2, 2023

The Congress alleges that the intent of the Bill is “highly suspect and motivated”. (Representational)

New Delhi:

On a proposed legislation to lift the wedding age of girls from 18 to 21, the federal government could comply with a evaluation by a panel of MPs. Sources say the federal government doesn’t need to rush on the transfer, which has drawn blended reactions from political events, activists and others.

The authorities just isn’t against parliamentary scrutiny of the Bill, sources mentioned. The choose committee can undergo the provisions of the Bill, mentioned a senior minister.

“The next move on the Bill will depend on what opposition parties demand in the house,” the minister mentioned.

The Congress, CPM and another events have determined to oppose the Bill. Parties just like the Samajwadi Party and AIMIM have additionally opposed the transfer.

While the federal government plans to convey the Bill and move it on this session, the transfer might be stalled, given there are 4 days left within the present session and each homes are deadlocked over the suspension of 12 opposition MPs and calls for for the sacking of Union Minister Ajay Mishra Teni.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cupboard final week authorised the “Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021” to extend the age of marriage of girls to 21 years, the identical as males. It was final raised in 1978 from 15 to 18 years.

The Congress alleges that the intent of the Bill is “highly suspect and motivated”, and has referred to as for it to be referred to a Standing Committee for evaluation.

The CPM says the federal government ought to pay extra consideration to the training and diet of women.

“A woman at the age of 18 is legally an adult. For the purpose of marriage, treating her as a juvenile is self-contradictory and the proposal violates an adult’s right to make personal choices of her partner. This proposal deprives a woman of deciding the course of her life,” senior CPM chief Sitaram Yechury mentioned.

PM Modi had, in his Independence Day speech final yr, talked about ladies marrying on the proper age.

“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 mentioned.

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