Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot announces bill allowing registration of child marriages

Taking a major challenge from the Opposition, the Rajasthan government has decided to recall the recently passed marriage registration bill.  Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announcing that the law will be reviewed amid concerns that it will promote child marriages.

While addressing a programme on International Girl Child Day, Gehlot said - “There has been a controversy in the country that this law will encourage child marriage. We decided that it was not a question of our prestige. We will request the governor to return the bill we have passed,” He said, Gehlot said that the state government will urge the governor to return the bill for legal consultations. “After legal consultation from lawyers, it will be considered whether to take the Bill forward or not,”. He went on to say it is the government’s resolve that child marriages do not occur at any cost in Rajasthan. “I want to assure you that I will not compromise on that. We will get it re-examined and if we consider it necessary then we will take it forward or else we will not take it forward. We have no problem,” the chief minister said.

 

The move comes amid the opposition Bharatiya Janata party and rights activists objecting to a provision in the ‘Rajasthan Compulsory Marriage Registration (Amendment) Bill 2021’ that allowed registration of marriage even if the bride and the groom had not attained the legal age to tie the knot.

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