Kerala opposes raising of marriage age for females

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala has opposed raising the minimum marriageable age of females from 18 to 21 in its response to the National Commission for Women on the proposal.

The state Women and Child Development Department held that when the voting age of females is 18, asking them to wait till 21 to get married is not right.

The government cited POCSO law and treaties like the UN’s Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage, and Registration of Marriages for the same. Increasing the marriageable age may violate international conventions and agreements, it noted in response. The government also elaborated on practical difficulties and allied issues, if age is increased.

Meanwhile, political parties including Congress, CPM, CPI and IUML are opposing the BJP-led union government’s apparent policy pursuit through a bill introduced by minister Smriti Irani in 2021 in Lok Sabha. The proposed law raising the age of marriage for women to 21 was later sent to a Standing Committee.

With IANS inputs

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