The minimum age of marriage for girls in the country may soon be increased. In this regard, a bill has been approved in the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Government will increase the age of marriage of girls from 18 to 21 years
A bill related to raising the minimum age of marriage for girls has been approved in the cabinet meeting. Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave them from the Red Fort. In his speech, the intention of the government expressed. The minimum age limit for the marriage of girls may soon increase from 18 to 21 years. For this, the government has started preparations. The bill related to this is likely to introduce in this session of Parliament. The child marriage law amended to increase the age of marriage. At present, the age limit for marriage of girls fixed at 18 in this law.
Government will amend the laws related to marriage
The Indian Express report quoted sources as saying. After the approval of the cabinet, the government will amend personal laws like the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 and then the Special Marriage Act and the Hindu Marriage Act 1955. The report quoted sources as saying. The task force led by Jaya Jaitley submitted its recommendations to NITI Aayog in December 2020. Based on these recommendations, the cabinet has approved this proposal. This task force set up to ‘examine matters related to the age of motherhood, need to reduce maternal mortality rate, improve nutrition.
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Recommendations are not aimed at controlling population: Jaitley
In a conversation with the newspaper, Jaitley said. I want to make this clear. Our recommendations not aimed at controlling the population. The latest data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS 5) shows that the total fertility rate (TFR) has come down and the population is under control. The real motive behind raising the age of marriage for girls is to empower women.
Fertility rate down
In November last, the Union Health Ministry released the data for the second phase of the National Family Welfare Survey-5 (NHFS-5). The report recorded a decline in the fertility rate in the country. It has come down from 2.2 to two. India’s TFR was 2.7 during the National Family Health Survey-3 in 2005-06, which came down to 2.2 in 2015-16. The fall in TFR indicates that population explosion is not going to happen in the country in the near future.