IPE Global | News | December 30, 2021 IST
The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in the Parliament by the Union Minister, WCD, earlier this month and referred by her to a standing committee. The bill seeks to bring the legal age for girl’s marriage at par with men's marriage at 21 years, up from the current 18 years, overriding all existing laws related to marriage. Coined as a "decisive step" in the country’s history, the Bill seems well-intentioned. Nonetheless, its nuances and supportive ecosystems are being questioned by many stakeholders, including champions of women’s rights, CSOs, and youth champions, to name a few.
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