Minimum Age To Marriage Women: There is a plan to increase the age of marriage of daughters from 18 to 21 years. According to sources, the cabinet has approved the proposal. For this, the government will amend the existing laws. Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned this in his address from Red Fort on 15 August 2020. He had said that to save daughters from malnutrition, they must get married at the right time.
Minimum Age To Marriage Women
According to the current law, the minimum age of marriage for men in the country is 21 and for women at 18. Now the government will amend the Child Marriage Prohibition Act, Special Marriage Act and Hindu Marriage Act. It was recommended by the task force headed by Jaya Jaitley in NITI Aayog.
Dr VK Paul, a NITI Aayog, was also a task force member. Apart from these, the Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, Higher Education, School Education and Literacy Mission and Bill Department of Ministry of Justice and Law were members of the Task Force.
In June last year, the task force was constituted and submitted its report only in December. The task force said that when giving birth to the first child, the daughters’ age should be 21 years. Delay in marriage positively impacts the economic, social, and health of families, women, children, and society.
What is the age according to the law?
According to the Indian Christian Marriage Act 1872, the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act 1936, the Special Marriage Act 1954, and the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, the boy must be 21 years of age and 18 years to marry. No change or exemption has been given in this according to religion.
At present, the Child Marriage Prohibition Act 2006 is in force. According to which marriage before 21 and 18 will be considered child marriage. Doing so and getting it done can be punishable with imprisonment of up to two years and a fine of one lakh.