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PM Modi on Independence Day Speech: may revise the minimum age of Marriage

PM Modi on the occasion of Independence Day speech said that the government may re-look at the age of marriage of women in its bid to fight against malnutrition.

PM Modi in his speech said that the government is re-thinking the minimum age of the marriage of women in its bid to fight against malnutrition. “We have formed a committee to ensure that the daughters are no longer suffering from malnutrition and they are married off at the right age. As soon as the report is submitted, appropriate decisions will be taken about the age of marriage of daughters.” reported The Hindu. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman’s Budget speech on February 1, 2020, when a task force was proposed to look into the “age of a girl entering motherhood” in order to lower maternal mortality rates and improve nutrition levels.

In June, the Government announced a 10-member panel headed by Jaya Jaitley, comprising Secretaries from the ministries of Human Resource Development, women and child development, and Health and Family Welfare, among others.

The committee has missed its July 31 deadline to finalize its report and give recommendations. As India progresses further, opportunities open up for women to pursue higher education and careers.

There are imperatives of lowering maternal mortality ratio which is also known as MMR, The entire issue about the age of a girl entering motherhood needs to be seen in the light.”

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