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Raising the age of marriage for women: Bill to be tabled in Parliament tomorrow; Will Congress oppose it?


Highlight:

  • The bill will be introduced tomorrow
  • Not sure what to oppose
  • Disagreement in Congress

New Delhi: The Center will soon introduce a bill in Parliament to raise the minimum age of marriage for women to 21 years. Opposition parties, including the CPM and the Congress, have accused the BJP government of plotting to introduce the bill. But there is division within Congress over whether to oppose the bill in Parliament.

Congress leaders said yesterday that they would take a stand after the bill came on the agenda. However, AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal is opposed to the bill. Meanwhile, former Union Minister P Chidambaram and others have welcomed the decision to raise the age of marriage for women to 21. P Chidambaram has said that the age of marriage for men and women should be fixed at 21. Chidambaram, however, said that the people should campaign for a year and then implement a new change. In this situation, the issue facing the Congress is whether to vote against the Bill in Parliament.

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The CPM, CPI, Muslim League, SP and AIMIM have already stated their opposition to the BJP bill. But the big party, including the Trinamool Congress, has not yet made its position clear. When the Central Government introduced the Bill on the issue of Muthalaq, the Congress walked out of the Lok Sabha and voted against it in the Rajya Sabha. But in the current situation, the Congress may not be able to maintain this position.

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Meanwhile, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury demanded that the Center clarify the motives behind the new law. Yechury said the constitution guarantees that a person who has reached the age of 18 can live with whomever he wants, and that the law should not be changed except that he must be 21 years of age to be legally married. Yechury said he would consider any opposition to the law in Parliament after learning of the Centre’s position on the issue.

Currently, the legal age for marriage is at least 18 for women and at least 21 for men. You only have to be 18 years old to have consensual sex. But the central government aims to raise the minimum age for men and women to be legally married to 21. The bill was approved by the Union Cabinet yesterday.

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