COIMBATORE: Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder S Ramadoss has said that men and women should tie the matrimonial knot only after they cross 21 years and that too with the consent of their parents.
Ramadoss was in the city on Wednesday to monitor works related to a party conference on July 12.
"Parents should be conscious and instruct their children to focus on studies in case they have found them in love with someone. Men and women shoud marry only after crossing 21 years so that they do not face risks. The same system exists in Brazil," the PMK chief said.
"We have filed a case in Karnataka High Court seeking to alter a law to make 21 years as the minimum marriageable age limit for men and women," he told mediapersons.
Replying to a query on the death of Dalit engineering graduate V Gokulraj in Namakkal last week, suspected to be a case of honour killing, Ramadoss said PMK was waiting for the autopsy report.
"Public awareness of honour killing is still low and it needs to be addressed," said Ramadoss.
The PMK chief wanted the State Government to implement the Metro Rail project in the Cotton City (Coimbatore) and the Temple City (Madurai) just as in Chennai.
"There are no such facilities in Coimbatore as an option to the ever-increasing traffic congestion. Metro Rail and Bus Rapid Transit System are most needed in Coimbatore and Madurai," said Ramadoss.
At the meet, Ramadoss aired his worries that news of a protest by DMDK leader Vijayakant at Tiruvarur was published widely by the media in Tamil Nadu, but a news on the protest in the presence of his son and PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss in Salem was not.