STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Hyderabad activists want women’s legal marriage age to stay at 18, increasing it may cause more harm

Raising the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 will lead to an increase in elopement cases and criminalisation of sexual activity, say activists. 

Published: 16th September 2020 08:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2020 08:05 AM   |  A+A-

marriage, child marriage

The activists stated that increasing the age bar for marriage will only do more harm than good.  (Express Illustrations)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: Raising the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 will lead to an increase in elopement cases and criminalization of sexual activity, say activists. Around 20 organizations including Bhumika Women’s Collective, Gramya Resource Centre for Women and Shaheen held a discussion over the proposal to increase the women’s marriageable age. Post the discussion, the activists stated that increasing the age bar for marriage will only do more harm than good.  

Recently, a Delhi-based NGO Partners for Law in Development undertook an analysis of cases reported under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA), 2006. The data analysed comprised 83 High Court and District Court judgments and orders between 2008 to 2017 and found that in 65 per cent of the cases, PCMA was used to punish elopement of two consenting older adolescents. 

Experts claimed that they spoke to around 1,500 children between the age of 18-21 from Telangana. Most of them felt that if after 18 years of age, they have the right to choose their leader, they should not be deprived to make decisions regarding their marriage, said chief functionary from Bhumika, K Satyavathi. 
Citing that while 26% of women in the 20-24 age group, as per the National Family Health Survey (2015-16), married before 18. As many as 56% out of this group marry before 21,  Satyavathi added that the law which is being designed to protect children will only add more criminal cases against them and their families. 

More from Hyderabad.

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp