Exclusiver Raising Marriage Age of Women to 21 to Enable to Make Decisions

New Delhi. Minimum marriage age of women The objective of increasing the age to 21 years is to empower women, gender equality, increase the participation of women labor force, make them self-reliant and “enable them to make their own decisions”. introduced in parliament The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (The prohibition of child marriage (amendment) bill 2021) This is stated in the ‘Statement of Objects and Reasons’.

Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday introduced the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha and agreed to send it to a standing committee amid strong opposition from the opposition, saying the bill needs further scrutiny. Irani said that this bill is for women of all religions, castes and creeds. minimum age of marriage will decide. On the other hand, in Prayagraj, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said about the bill, saying that everyone knows why the opposition is blocking the big step and how it stands for women empowerment.

What are the proposals of this bill
News18 has got information about the proposals placed in this bill. In which the objects and reasons behind the law are given. “The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 was brought in place of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 1929 to prohibit child marriage. But this highly harmful practice is still not completely eradicated from our society. Therefore, there is an urgent need to tackle this social issue and bring about reforms. We cannot claim progress unless women progress on all fronts including their physical, mental and reproductive health.

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The bill states that the amendment to the age of marriageable age will be effective after two years from the date of receipt of the President’s assent, “so as to provide adequate opportunity to all in our collective endeavours.” It states that many other laws relating to the age of marriage of two parties, such as Christian, Muslim and Zoroastrian laws, do not provide for a uniform minimum age of marriage for men and women.

These things were said in the bill
The bill states that the constitution guarantees gender equality as part of fundamental rights and also guarantees to stop discrimination on the basis of gender. It said, “The existing laws do not adequately protect the constitutional mandate of gender equality at the marriageable age between men and women. Women are often put in a disadvantageous position with regard to higher education, vocational education, attainment of psychological maturity and skill-set. Entering into the employment sector and becoming a part of the workforce is an important area for girls to make themselves self-reliant before marriage. These disadvantages perpetuate women’s dependence on men.”

It is imperative to reduce maternal mortality and infant mortality, as well as improve nutrition levels and sex ratio at birth, “as it seeks to ensure responsible paternity for both father and mother,” the Bill statement said. This will increase the chances that they will be more able to take better care of their children. The bill further states that it is also important to reduce the incidence of teenage pregnancies, “which are not only detrimental to the overall health of women but also result in more miscarriages and stillbirths.”

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Discrimination against women also comes in the way of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to the bill, “and goes against the principles established under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, of which India is a signatory”. It states that it is imperative to tackle gender inequality and gender discrimination and to take adequate measures to secure the health, welfare and empowerment of women and girls and to ensure equal status and opportunities to men.

“Prohibition of Child Marriage Act to address the issues of women holistically, as a measure for empowerment of women, gender equality, increase the participation of women labor force, make them self-reliant and enable them to take their own decisions. , 2006 is proposed to be amended. so as to strengthen its application, overriding all other existing laws, including any custom, use or practice governing the parties in relation to marriage.

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It states that this bill will bring women at par with men in terms of marriageable age, prohibit child marriage notwithstanding any law, custom, custom, or practice governing the parties, and consequential in other laws relating to marriage. will amend.

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