Rajasthan Govt Allows Registration Of Child Marriages, Faces Backlash Online

Recently, the Rajasthan Assembly passed the Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill, 2021. According to NDTV, the bill stated that “marriage between a bridegroom who has not completed 21 years and a bride who has not completed 18 years of age could be registered by the parents or guardians within 30 days of the marriage”.

This bill has started a debate about legitimizing child marriage in the state. In our country, the legal age of marriage for men is 21-years and for women is 18-years. By allowing brides and grooms below the legal age to register their marriage has raised questions about the Rajasthan government giving legal recognition to child marriages.

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However, Rajasthan parliamentary affairs minister, Shanti Dhariwal, said that the amendment does not validate child marriages, reports Hindustan Times.

He said, “You say that child marriages will be validated. Nowhere does this amendment say that such marriages will be valid. A marriage certificate is a legal document, in the absence of which a widow won’t receive the benefit of any govt scheme.”

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But on the other hand, people online are raising important questions. The news met with significant backlash online. Here’s what some said:

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