Government is expected to introduce bill amending the Child Marriage Prohibition Bill on December 20


ensure a uniform marriage age. Currently, the legal age for marriage for women is 18, while that for men is 21.

The decision came a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was deliberating on the minimum age for marriage for women. The decision is based on the recommendation of a four-member task force led by former party leader Samata Jaya Jaitly.

Experts, however, expressed concern about the bill. Amita Pitre, Senior Specialist, Gender Justice, Oxfam India, told PTI that the latest NFHS 5 report shows that the number of women who marry early (before age 18) has increased from 27% in NFHS 4 to 23%.

“Despite everything, 50 to 60% of marriages still take place before the age of 21. Raising the age of marriage to 21 will criminalize all such marriages that take place in the future. The minimum age of marriage has been 18 since 1978. It is clear that the law alone fails to raise the age of marriage. In the upper and middle classes, girls marry well beyond the age of 21 and this has happened without the coercion of the law, ”he said.

The official added that the harms of criminalizing the marriage of girls under the age of 21 are manifold, and are evident even for those married under the age of 18.

Sheila C Vir, Senior Nutrition Specialist and Director of the Public Health Nutrition and Development Center, New Delhi, said that in reviewing the legal age of marriage for girls, it is important to have an anthropological view of the various practices existing in all geographic areas.

A total of 113 countries accept India’s COVID vaccination certificate, with some of them having explicitly entered into mutual recognition certificate agreements with India, while others have their own protocols that follow. apply to all vaccinated travelers, the Rajya Sabha government informed Thursday.

In a written response to a question in the Upper House, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said the government places high priority on the smooth overseas travel of Indian nationals and noted that the quarantine provisions as well as entry requirements from other countries appeared to be obstacles in this regard. .

A 30-member joint committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, led by BJP MP PP Chaudhary, tabled its report in both chambers on Thursday. A parliamentary panel has recommended stricter standards to regulate social media platforms holding them accountable for the content they host, while saying it is imperative to store the data in India and restrict access to it in classifying them as sensitive and critical personal data.

He recommended broadening the scope of the proposed data protection legislation to include both personal and non-personal data with “a single administrative and regulatory body”, and called for greater accountability. for social media platforms by treating them as “publishers”.

The report, however, does not recommend any major dilution of the litigation exemption clause, which gives the government the power to keep one of its agencies outside the scope of data protection law.

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