Discussion on the Rise of Marriage Age of Women in India: A Reformative One or Not?

  • Kaviya Kannan K.
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  • Kaviya Kannan K.

    Assistant Professor at The Central Law College, Salem, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Tamil Nadu, India

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The reason to establish minimum allowable marriage age for women is marriage before 18 is considered to be harmful practice because it denies the right to the highest attainable standard of general, sexual, and reproductive health, and to a life free from violence. The highest level of child marriage are found in west and central Africa. India established the marriage age of women in 1929 as 14 years and finally established as 18 years in 1978. Vedas didn’t encourage child marriage and philosophy of Vedas had restriction on child marriage. In Vedas marriage age of male is 25 and marriage age of female is 18. The question of increasing the minimum age of marriage for males and females has been considered in the present context when there is an urgent need to check the growth of population in the country. Such increase of minimum age of marriage result in lowering the total fertility rate on account of lesser span of married life. It will also result in more responsible parenthood and in better health of them mother and child. Their conviction is chosen by the arrangements of laws. Furthermore these laws are made by considering various traditions observed by that religion. Indians are keeping these laws since the frontier time frame. According to Qur’an reaching puberty is not the correct age for marriage, but reaching the maturity is the right age of marriage. It is a shame that the Act of USA on marriage and establishing marriage age is nowhere near reformative. There is no uniform statute regarding marriage and marriage age. The Indian Constitution ensures orientation equity as a feature of the basic freedoms and additionally ensures denial of segregation on the grounds of sex.




International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 7, Issue 3, Page 654 - 677

DOI: https://doij.org/10.10000/IJLMH.117493

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