The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has written to the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over the marriage registration bill expressing apprehensions over the Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill, 2021, mentioning it “legitimises” child marriages.
The Commission in its letter, said Section 8 of the amendment bill provides for registration of child marriages through marriage registration officers of the place where they have been residing for more than one month. The commission feared the enactment of the bill may have a serious impact on the physical, psychological, and social state of minors, and their education. It asked the government to review the bill and reconsider it in accordance with the law and welfare of the children in the State.
NCPCR said in the letter on Friday that “The bill states that the marriage between the bridegroom who has not completed 21 years and the bride who has not completed 18 years of age could be registered by the parents or guardians within the 30 days of the marriage,”
The Rajasthan Assembly had last week passed the bill amending a 2009 Act. The bill has fomented considerable controversy, eliciting a public interest litigation over the legitimacy of the said section.