Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, chairman of the parliamentary committee considering the age of marriage, said that it is completely unfair to cast undue allegations on male members and doubt their intentions.
BJP MP Vinay Sahastrabuddhe. (File Photo)
Marriage age of girls (marriage age of girls) Even though the Parliamentary Committee (Parliamentary Committee) has approved the law of the Central Government to increase the age of 18 to 21 years.parliamentary committee) It may have been sent in front of him, but with that a new dispute has come to the fore. This Child Marriage Prevention Reform Bill 2021 has been sent to the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Women, Child, Youth and Sports Affairs for consideration, out of 31 members of which only one woman is a member.
In this regard, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, chairman of this parliamentary committee, clarified in a special conversation with NewsNCR that it is a futile thinking that men can never do justice properly in favor of women. Senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sahastrabuddhe also said that this topic related to women is not only their subject but also an issue related to society and the issue of age of marriage is also a social issue.
TMC’s Sushmita Dev is the only woman MP in the 31-member committee
Significantly, the issue of being the only woman MP in the 31-member committee was strongly raised by TMC MP Sushmita Dev and along with Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi has also written a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu in this regard. The chairman of the parliamentary committee said that the committee has the right to interact with all the stakeholders of the society covered by this bill, even women MPs, people of civil society, even those who are affected by child marriage. Will make every effort to strengthen the bill only after talking to all sections of people like affected women.
Parliamentary committee’s first meeting likely to be held in last week of January
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, chairman of the parliamentary committee considering the age of marriage, said that it is completely unfair to cast undue allegations on male members and doubt their intentions. The first meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on the Bill on Fixing the Age of Marriage for Women is likely to be held in the last week of January and it is likely to be tabled in Parliament by the next monsoon session of Parliament.
According to the information, the Parliamentary Committee has been asked to place its report before the Parliament in the next 3 months, but in reality, during the budget session, most of the Parliament’s time is spent in the debate on Demand for Grant, so after that the Monsoon session of Parliament. In itself, this bill can be placed before the Parliament. Significantly, through the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill 2021, the central government wanted to bring a bill related to bringing equality in the age of marriage to 21 years for both men and women in the winter session of Parliament, but there were protests and arguments from all the opposition parties. In view of this, it was decided to send this bill before the Parliamentary Committee.
Through this bill, all the old laws existing in the country will have to be reformed, in which all the old laws like Christian Marriage Act, Muslim Personal Law, Parsi Marriage Act, Hindu Marriage Act, Special Marriage Act will be changed. The central government’s argument behind bringing this bill has been that it will reduce the maternal mortality rate, and the infant mortality rate will also be lower. Along with this, the nutritional level and sex ratio at birth will also improve.
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