The High Court said the Center should file a reply by January on raising the minimum age for live-in relationship to 21 years.

News Desk, Amar Ujala, Chandigarh

Published by: Ajay Kumar
Updated to Thursday, 16 December 2021 12:38 AM IST

Summary

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Central government to file a reply by the end of January on raising the minimum age of marriage to 21 years in a live-in relationship without the consent of family members. The central government said the issue was related to three ministries. In such a situation, the court was asked for an extension of time.

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The Punjab-Haryana High Court has directed the Central government to respond to raising the minimum age for live-in relationship to 21 and the minimum age for marriage of a girl to 21 without the consent of family members. The central government has suggested that three ministries be involved in the matter, so give them some time.

The Center accepted the contention and the High Court gave it till the last week of January to reply. Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will also have to make their case heard at the next hearing. During the hearing of the security case related to Karnal, the High Court held that the adult law of India is 150 years old. This old law needs to be changed to suit today’s conditions.

Today, the elders are seeking protection from the High Court, arguing that kinship is an alliance between school and college age. The High Court said that a decision in this direction was required given the present circumstances. The High Court sought an explanation from the Central Government.

Additional Solicitor General Satyapal Jain, on behalf of the central government, told the high court that the three ministries at the Center were involved in the affair and should be given time in such situations. He said the law prohibiting child marriage and the Hindu Marriage Act would be amended to make the minimum age of marriage (lowering the age of marriage to at least 21 years without the consent of family members) mandatory. Both parties must be at least 21 years of age for consensus. An affidavit will be filed in the High Court on the next hearing on raising the majority age to 21 years for both boy and girl. The Center accepted the contention and adjourned the High Court hearing till the last week of January.

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The Punjab-Haryana High Court has directed the Central government to respond to raising the minimum age for live-in relationship to 21 and the minimum age for marriage of a girl to 21 without the consent of family members. The central government has suggested that three ministries be involved in the matter, so give them some time.

The Center accepted the contention and the High Court gave it till the last week of January to reply. Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh will also have to make their case heard at the next hearing. During the hearing of the security case related to Karnal, the High Court held that the adult law of India is 150 years old. This old law needs to be changed to suit today’s conditions.

Today, the elders are seeking protection from the High Court, arguing that kinship is an alliance between school and college age. The High Court said that a decision in this direction was required given the present circumstances. The High Court sought an explanation from the Central Government.

Additional Solicitor General Satyapal Jain, on behalf of the central government, told the high court that the three ministries at the Center were involved in the affair and should be given time in such situations. He said the law prohibiting child marriage and the Hindu Marriage Act would be amended to make the minimum age of marriage (lowering the age of marriage to at least 21 years without the consent of family members) mandatory. They must be at least 21 years of age for consensus. The affidavit will be filed in the High Court on the next hearing on raising the majority age to 21 years for both boy and girl. The Center accepted the contention and adjourned the High Court hearing till the last week of January.

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