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Why The Government’s Stand To Tinker With The Legal Age Of Marriage Is Flawed

Based on the recommendations of the Jaya Jaitley task force, the  Union Cabinet passed a proposal on Wednesday, to bring the legal age of marriage for women at par with men, that is from 18 to 21 years.The objective of the task force, set up in June 2020 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, was to examine matters "about motherhood, imperatives of MMR, improvement of nutritional levels and related issues." Among other recommendations, the task force recommended bringing the legal age of marriage at par with those of men. What is the current status of legal age of marriageThe Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 sets the minimum age of marriage at 18 for girls and 21 for boys. The minimum age of consent, as per the Special Marriage Act, 1954 and Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 200...

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