Ahead of the annual meeting of RSS's Apex Judging Committee, the Sevika Samiti said in a statement on Sunday that, "Girls should get married only after getting proper education, but imposing the age of marriage may not yield the right results." In fact, the three-day meeting of the Sangh's representative assembly will start from March 11, and various issues are likely to be discussed here, including the proposal to increase the marriage age of women from 18 to 21 years. You all must be aware that during the winter session of Parliament in December last year, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani had introduced a bill to propose to raise the marriage age of women from 18 to 21 at the same level as that of men.
However, the Lok Sabha later referred the bill to the Standing Committee of Parliament for wider discussion. On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government have described this proposed law as an important step towards providing equal opportunities to boys and girls in the society. Explaining that Rashtra Sevika Samiti is a vocal opponent of child marriage, its campaign chief Sunila Sohwani said, 'Girls should get married after proper upbringing and education, so that they can become a capable human being.'
At the same time, when he was asked about the government's bill to increase the age of marriage, Sohwani said that 'the committee has gathered the opinion of the society and some are in favor of it and some are also against it'. Sohwani further said that 'According to the opinion gathered by us from our workers and society, there are both types of views regarding raising the age of marriage of girls. It has been observed that imposing something on social issues like the age of marriage of women may not yield the desired result. It is better to tackle such issues after public awareness and extensive deliberations. On the question of the initiative of the BJP-led central government, Sohwani termed it appropriate and said that the government is holding extensive discussions on the issue.