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A single female MP in a 30-member panel examining the bill to raise the age of marriage for women

New Delhi: The parliamentary panel that will examine a bill to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 and present its recommendations has only one woman. According to Rajya Sabha’s website, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports, chaired by BJP Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, has a full membership of 31 members and a Trinamool Congressman from the upper house, Sushmita Dev there is only one woman among them.Also Read – Bangalore in Red Zone, Karnataka Mulling Tighter COVID Restrictions by Jan 7: Revenue Minister R Ashoka

Of the 31 members, 10 are from Rajya Sabha and 21 are from Lok Sabha.
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A member of the committee said that it would be better if a few more women parliamentarians were members of the committee that will discuss the law raising the legal age of marriage for women to 21 instead of 18. Also Read – La Liga: Getafe stuns Real Madrid in first game after winter break

“Currently, there is no vacant position to appoint new women parliamentarians to the committee. But the chairman of the committee has the power to invite anyone and we want him to invite everyone to a wider consultation on the bill, ”said the member, who did not wish to be identified.

The Union’s cabinet adopted a proposal to raise the legal minimum age for marriage for women to 21, from 18 on December 15 last year. Currently, the legal minimum age of marriage for men is 21 and 18 for women. The proposal was based on the recommendation of the NITI Aayog working group led by Jaya Jaitly.

Senior officials from the ministries of health, women and children’s development and legal affairs were members of a working group established in June last year to consider issues relating to the age of the child. maternity, the imperatives of lowering the MMR (maternal mortality rate), improving nutritional levels. and related issues.