Government mulling amending law, make reporting child marriages mandatory: Union Minister Smriti Irani

The Women and Child Development minister's remarks came in response to a question on the prevalence of large number of cases of pregnancies among married girls under 18 years of age.

Published: 26th November 2019 04:23 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2019 04:23 PM   |  A+A-

Union Minister Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani (File Photo | EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI:  The government is considering bringing amendments to the Prevention of Child Marriage Act to make reporting of child marriages mandatory for the agencies concerned, Women and Child Development minister Smriti Irani has said.

Her remarks came in response to a question on the prevalence of large number of cases of pregnancies among married girls under 18 years of age.

The number of cases of pregnancies in girls under 18 years is as high as 21 per cent.

Children born from child marriages are more prone to undernourishment, she said.

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