The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal to increase the age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years.
This comes a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement during his Independence Day address from Red Fort in August 2020.
At present, the minimum age of marriage for men is 21 and for women is 18.
Now, the government will bring amendments to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, Special Marriage Act and Hindu Marriage Act to give the new proposal a shape.
The proposal was recommended by the task force headed by Jaya Jaitley in Niti Aayog. Pediatrician VK Paul was also a part of the task force.
#JustIn | #Cabinet clears proposal to raise minimum age for marriage for women to 21 years from from 18, @Parikshitl reports— CNBC-TV18 (@CNBCTV18Live) December 16, 2021
The Centre had set up a task force to examine matters related to age of marriage & motherhood, in June 2020#MarriageAge #Matrimony #IndianMatchmaking pic.twitter.com/JEeKEmx1an
Besides them, the secretaries of the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, Higher Education, School Education and Literacy Mission and the Ministry of Justice and Law were also a part of the task force.
The task force was constituted in June 2020 and gave its report in December the same year.
The task force had said that the minimum age of women at the time of giving birth to their first child should be 21.
Delay in marriage has a positive impact on the economic, social and health of families, women, children and society, the task force said.