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I Am Confused

All this time I was under the impression that the marriageable age for girls was 18 and that child marriages were illegal - I was wrong. Apparently, under the Hindu Marriage Act, child marriages are considered valid unless one of the parties moves court and gets such a marriage annulled.

Lawmakers changed laws when it suited them without seeing the whole picture. The disparities regarding the age of a minor girl under different laws such as the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929, the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, Section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, Shariat law, the Indian Divorce Act, 1869, and the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 have created a lot of confusion in enforcing the law. The Centre now wants to rectify this and is considering making child marriages invalid.

About time, I say.

4 comments:

Ugich Konitari said...

I just hope they do a proper study while rectifying it, and dont do it as a favour to someone or some community. And we still have an Indian Divorce Act from 1869, despite the Constitution happeneing much much later ? Hmm.

BK Chowla said...

In y opinion ,nothing should done in a hurry.Experts,including some from medical fraternity must have a say before some stupid decision is taken.

Vinod_Sharma said...

Just yesterday, I read somewhere that a fatwa was issued in Mumbai declaring marriage with an underage girl valid. Now we know where we are headed. When the leaders are weak and have only votes in sight, law of the land is flouted with impunity.

ramblingsbybones said...

Mr.Sharma - I'm issuing a fatwas against the idiots who issued the original fatwa...All these men should be hanged!

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