‘Girls Are Ready To Have Kids At The Age Of 15’, Says MP MLA Sajjan Singh, Faces Backlash

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Recently, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan said the minimum marriageable age of women will be increased from 18 to 21. He added that a new system will be introduced wherein any woman moving out of her house for work can register herself at the local police station, and she will be tracked for her safety.

Responding to this new development, MLA Sajjan Singh Verma stated that girls are able to reproduce by the age of 15 and questioned the minimum marriageable age of a girl should be increased to 21, reports News18.

“Girls are ready for bearing children by the age of 15-17 years and there was no need to raise the legal age for marriage to 21. Is Shivraj a doctor or a scientist? What is the logic behind this?” he said.

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His statement received massive backlash online wherein people slammed him for reducing women to “baby-making machines”.

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According to Times Now, the National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has sent a notice to Sajjan Singh for his “discriminatory” statement against minor girls.

“The commission is deeply concerned with such statements made on public platforms which would harm and violate the rights of the children,” the notice read.

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It also stated that his remark violates Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code and the Juvenile Justice Act.

Even if the female body is able to reproduce at such a young age, in no way does it justify her being married off or for her to have a child.

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