A parliamentary committee considering a bill to raise the minimum age of marriage for girls from 18 to 21 years has been given additional time to submit its report. The budget session of Parliament starting from January 31 is the last session of the current Lok Sabha before the announcement of Lok Sabha elections. The committee will now finalize its report by May after a four-month extension while the tenure of the 17th Lok Sabha ends on June 16. The Child Marriage Prohibition (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in the Lok Sabha two years ago and hence this bill may become ineffective after the completion of the tenure of the current Lok Sabha.
Got extension of time for a period of four months
The bulletin dated January 24 said that the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha has given time to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports for a period of four months from January 24, 2024, to consider the bill related to prohibition of child marriage. Has given extension.
Tenure extension given earlier also
The committee had earlier also been given an extension to finalize its report. The ‘Child Marriage Prohibition (Amendment) Bill, 2021’ was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December, 2021 and was referred to the Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports.
The committee works under the Rajya Sabha Secretariat
This committee works under the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. After presenting the bill, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani had requested the Lok Sabha Speaker to send the bill to the Standing Committee for detailed examination.