Can a law to raise marriage age for women work?
New Delhi: There is no rational reason why the minimum age of marriage for women should be lower than men
There is no rational reason why the minimum age of marriage for women should be lower than men. However, that is exactly the case under the current law that makes child marriages illegal in India: the Prevention of Child Marriage Act, 2006 (PCMA).
Differences in personal laws don’t impact child marriages
Nutritional status and employment can be affected by marriage at any age
The law needs more improvement in other areas
The reforms the amendment bill talks about could well begin by hiring trained officers, increasing fund allocation for nutrition, increasing the right to education up to the minimum age of marriage, or simply put, spending some money on the objectives the bill seeks to achieve.