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How marriage for girls at the age of 21 will make a big difference – Firstpost

It’s time we stopped telling 50 percent of our population that they are not required to operate in the ‘real’ outer world after 18

In a democratic country as large and heavily populated as ours, there are bound to be many levels of knowledge, understanding, cultural differences, societal attitudes and, most of all, opinions. Collectively, we can be counted as one of the countries in which patriarchal attitudes prevail strongly in certain areas.

It is well accepted that organised religions are largely patriarchal, and India is proud of its many practising religions since its people are deeply spiritual when rooted in their civilisational values. These tend to affect society’s practices ranging from food, clothes, rituals and particularly beliefs about personal matters like marriage.

However, when a republic, under a firmly egalitarian and secular Constitution assures equal rights and freedoms to all citizens regardless of caste, creed, race, religion or gender, it is for its people, through its executive, legislatures and its judiciary, to formulate and ensure the establishment of systems and policies that uphold this.

On the world stage, India is an important nation that is nearing the celebration of its 75th year of Independence and self-rule. It does not live in a cocoon and is a signatory to many important international conventions that commit all nations to provide important rights to all people equally. Among these are two that are relevant to the issue at hand, the Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, where it was two pioneering Indian women — Hansa Jivraj Mehta and Lakshmi Menon — who ensured a more gender-sensitive language ensuring that women were included and especially mentioned in this all-important declaration. The second was the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, known in short as CEDAW, signed in 1979.

These clearly included the elimination of discrimination against women in all matters pertaining to marriage and family relations. The CEDAW meeting of 2003 was especially critical of countries that set different ages of marriage for men and women. Today, most countries have 18 as the age for both men and women. Those who allow girls below 18 to get married are Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar and Mali. The countries that have declared 21 as the age are Puerto Rico, Botswana, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Namibia, Philippines, Rwanda, Singapore, Zambia. No country in the developed Western world allows marriages below 18.

The sad fact is, despite a positive trend of the percentage of child marriages in India going down from 27 percent to 23 percent, we still have 1.5 crore child marriages. A close correlation to this is the large number of maternal mortality and child mortality figures. It is obvious that if a girl is married, not just when she matures, but when she has not reached her full growth potential with the benefit of proper nourishment, the child born of her will be weak and undernourished. Such children are prone to death soon after birth from diarrhoea, anaemia and other such problems.

Undernourished maternal bodies also result in bringing out children with an extremely low IQ, rendering them incapable of proper learning. A girl who has …….

Source: https://www.firstpost.com/india/how-marriage-for-girls-at-the-age-of-21-will-make-a-big-difference-10223321.html

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Highlighting his government’s recent decision to raise the legal age of marriage for girls from 18 to 21 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took on his political rivals for criticising this move.

“Earlier, the legal age of marriage for sons was 21 years, but for daughters it was only 18 years. The daughters also wanted that they should get time to pursue their studies and to get equal opportunities. Therefore, efforts are being made to bring the age of marriage to 21 years for daughters. The country is taking this decision for the sake of daughters,” Modi said.

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