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Narendra Modi on increasing age of marriage for girls

Rida Shaikh

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech where he had hinted that the government was considering increasing the girl’s age for marriage, he assured that the decision on the said matter will be taken at the earliest. While many girls have been writing to him after that, on Friday Narendra Modi assured all of them that a decision is underway and will be taken soon the said issue.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “To decide on what should be the right age of marriage for girls, discussions are on. I have been getting a lot of letters from aware daughters from across the country asking for an early decision on the matter. They ask why has the committee’s report not come yet. I assure all those daughters that very soon the report will come and as soon as that happens, the government will study it and work on its recommendations.”

The committee is presently led by Jaya Jaitly and is giving their final touches to the report. PM Modi's remark came during his speech to commemorate the 75 years of the Food and Agriculture Organisation. At the commemoration, he spoke on the government adopting an “integrated and multidimensional approach.” The committee was constituted in June and was expected to give its result by the end of July. The committee was formed following an announcement by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Union Budget for 2020-2021.

The task force is directed to examine the issues about the age of motherhood, imperatives of lowering maternal mortality rate, improvement of nutritional levels, and related issues. It will also suggest suitable legislation and amendments to the existing laws and a comprehensive rollout plan with timelines to implement the recommendations.

On 15th August, while giving a speech from the Red Fort, the PM said a decision on “what should be the right age of marriage for girls” should be taken as soon as a committee is set up to examine the issue.


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