Hyderabad: Residents of Hyderabad are advancing their daughter’s Nikadate after the central government has approved a bill aimed at raising the marriage age of women to 21.
The Times of India reports that the brides whose marriages have been postponed are in the 18-20 age group, most of which Nika was scheduled to take place in 2022-23.
Fearing that the bill would become a bill, it was dominated by one parent of the Bavanagar bride, who was to be Nika in mid-2022.
To avoid legal complications after the bill is enacted, some parents now play their daughter Nika, but are seeking time for Vidai (a farewell ritual).
A bill to extend the marriageable age of women
A bill to raise a woman’s marriageable age was introduced at Lok Sabha during a winter session and sent to a parliamentary scrutiny committee.
The government’s justification behind raising a woman’s marriageable age to 21 is that it allows girls to study further.
However, many sectors of society, including the Darul-Uloom Deoband priest, Khaps in western Uttar Pradesh, have expressed opposition to this move.
History of legal marriage age of Indian women
The legal marriage age for Indian women was first set at 14 in 1929. This is defined by the Child Marriage Restriction Act. The same law also sets the legal marriage age for men to 18 years.
After independence, the law was amended twice in 1949 and 1978. Both amendments raised the marriage age of women.
In 1949, the age of women was raised to 15 and the age of marriage for men did not change. In 1978 the ages of women and men were raised to 18 and 21, respectively.
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