Minimum Age of Girl Marriage in India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday assured the daughters of the nation that the Central government will decide the right age of marriage for girls soon.
He said that a committee will submit a report on the right age of marriage for girls soon, after which the central government will act on its recommendations.
PM Narendra Modi was speaking on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization on Friday. Also, he launched the Rs 75 coin to commemorate the special day.
He said that his government will quickly act on the issue of deciding the minimum age of girl marriage after the committee submits its report.
Meanwhile, he referred to the ongoing discussion about the right age of girl marriage in India and said that many girls had written to him about the delay in deciding the same.
PM Modi said, From across the country, daughters write to me asking why hasn’t the concerned committee given its decision yet. I assure all daughters that as soon as the report comes, govt will act on it.”
Currently, the minimum age for girl marriage in India stands at 18 while that for the boys has been fixed at 21.
Several women-centric organisations such as women’s rights activists have been asking to increase the minimum age for girls for marriage to help the girls complete their higher education before getting married.
Likewise, there are those who pointed out the disparity in the minimum age to marry for girls and boys.
PM Modi also congratulated the World Food Programme and individuals associated with the organisation for bagging the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 for working on the issue of hunger and food security.