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Parl Panel gets extension till July 24 to submit report on proposal to raise marriage age of women | India News

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NEW DELHI: The parliamentary standing committee scrutinizing the proposed amendment to the law to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years has been given yet another extension to submit its report. The deadline for presentation of the report has now been extended to July 24.
The panel on Women, Children, Youth and Sports Affairs, which is examining the provisions of the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021, was originally given three months till March and then it got an extension till June 24.
However, as per the latest update, Rajya Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has given the committee a further extension till July 24.
It is learnt that the Committee is studying the matter and the consensus building process among members on the issues involved is on. Also the extension comes at a time when the six year Rajya Sabha tenure of the Committee’s Chairman from BJP, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe ends on July 4. A new chairman will now be nominated to steer the committee for matters to move forward.
After introducing the Bill on December 21 in the winter session of Parliament in the Lok Sabha amid protests from the opposition, women and child development minister Smriti Irani had sought that the Bill be referred to a parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny.
Theeafter the standing committee led by Sahasrabuddhe was charged with the task to examine the Bill which according to the government proposes to amend the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, “to reinforce its application in relation to marriage; bring women at par with men in terms of marriageable age; prohibit child marriage; make consequential amendments to the other laws relating to marriage; and other connected matters.”
In January, the Committee through a public notice sought suggestions and views on the Bill. Over the months various stakeholders including civil society organisations and domain experts working on the subject have been called by the Committee to made submissions to gather different perspectives of those in favour and those who have raised objections to the proposed amendments.

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