Raising Age of Marriage for Women a Noble Cause But Not a Cure-All

Should India rethink the age of marriage to lower our alarming maternal mortality rate? Tune in to The Big Story!

1 min read

The minimum age of marriage has always been a contentious topic of debate in India. Currently, as we know, the legal minimum age stands at 18 for women and 21 for men but since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on his Independence Day speech that the Centre had set up a committee to review and reconsider the minimum age of marriage for women, it's brought back the same old questions as before: should we or should we not reconsider raising the legal age of marriage for women?

The Union Ministry for Women and Child Development's 10-member task force, headed by former Samata Party president Jaya Jaitly, is examining what kind of concerns there are with the current legal age – such as the correlation between early marriages and early motherhood, health risks for young mothers, issues of Maternal Mortality Ratio or MMR, improving maternal and child nutrition levels, etc.

But is raising the minimum age a cure-all for those issues? Should India rethink the age of marriage, in a bid to lower our alarming maternal mortality rate (MMR)? Tune in to The Big Story!

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!