The law prescribes a minimum age for marriage to prohibit child marriage and to prevent harassment of minors. When the new law comes into force, the age of marriage will be the same for both men and women.
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The central government hopes to raise the age of marriage for girls from 18 to 21 years. To this end, the government will amend existing laws such as the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, the Special Marriage Act and the Hindu Marriage Act. Information that the Cabinet has approved the proposal to amend the law. Prime Minister Modi addressed the issue from the Red Fort walls on August 15, 2020. The task force set up to reduce the age of marriage for girls recommended raising the age of girls. The government set up the task force in June last year.
What is a Task Force?
In June 2020, the Ministry of Women and Child Development set up a task force to examine the relationship between women’s issues of nutrition, anemia and other social indicators, and the age of marriage. The committee, headed by former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitley, also includes Nithi Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul and several ministry secretaries. The committee had to think about raising the age of marriage, its impact on women and child health, as well as ways to increase access to education for women.