StoriesAsia Explains|The Debate Around Raising Women’s Marriage Age

The Indian government plans to raise the minimum legal age of marriage for women to 21 years – which is currently 18 – considering nutrition, well-being, and maternal health in mind. Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about a panel formed to decide on the “right age of marriage” for women in his Independence Day address. Although this would bring parity between men and women in terms of minimum marriage age, critics of the move argue that this would not serve its objective – and could be counter-productive – unless other socio-economic factors that form the root causes of women’s disempowerment are addressed.

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