Age of marriage for women

The government wants to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years. The idea is presented as empowering women, acting for their protection, education opportunities, and also in the name of gender equality. It is supposed to limit the marriage of children and adolescents. A special committee, the Jaya Jaitly committee, was set up which, after examining the data and receiving feedback from 16 universities and 15 NGOs, recommended increasing the age, increasing girls’ access to education, and introducing sex education into schools.