Finally, the task force that was set up by Central Government, to look at the age of marriage for women has submitted its report to the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development and PMO (Prime Minister’s Office).

Points To Note

  • It was set up in June 2020 and was given the time up to 31 July 2020.
  • However, the committee has now submitted its report after the delay of five months from the deadline.
  • The task force to look into the marriageable age of women was headed by Jaya Jaitley.
  • It was first during the Independence Day speech of Prime Minister Modi that a panel to decide the “right age of marriage” for women was announced.
  • The recommendations of the committee are yet to be known.

Previous Suggestions by task force

The 2020 Union Budget speech, FM Nirmala Sitharaman also proposed to set up a committee to determine the “age of a woman entering motherhood”. Sitharaman pointed out such determination of age would help to improve nutrition levels and lower maternal mortality rates.

However, the idea of increasing the age of women’s marriage from 18 to 21 years has been opposed by many Women’s rights activists stating that it could become a problem for adults marrying each other without their parent’s consent. Such activists suggested steps to educate women and increase awareness among the people to solve the problems of nutrition levels and maternal mortality rates.

Task Force on Age of marriage of Women