A Panel To Examine Bill On Raising The Legal Age Of Marriage

Sushmita Dev is part of a 31-member panel that will look into a bill that would raise the legal age of marriage.
Abhinaya M

Updated: Jan 04, 2022 05:51:57 pm

04 January 2022 Current Affairs:Sushmita Dev is part of a 31-member panel that will look into a bill that would raise the legal age of marriage.

Highlights:
  • A total of 31 members make up the parliamentary standing committee tasked with studying "The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021," with only one woman among them. 
  • TMC MP Sushmita Dev is the only woman on the committee, which has a total of 31 members. 
  • The bill aims to raise the legal marriage age for women in India from 18 to 21 years old, bringing them in line with men.
  • The "Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006" and seven personal laws, including the Indian Christian Marriage Act, the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, the Special Marriage Act, the Hindu Marriage Act, and the Foreign Marriage Act, are all being amended by the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill 2021.
  • Union minister Smriti Irani introduced the bill in the Lok Sabha in the winter session of Parliament. 
  • The document was then sent to a 31-member committee for review.
  • Supriya Sule, a member of the National Congress Party, said the panel's chairman has the authority to invite other female MPs to participate in a more inclusive and broad discussion.
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