Raise Minimum Age Of Marriage to 25 And 21 For Men And Women Respectively: Petition In SC

| February 27 , 2018 , 17:26 IST

A Petition filed in Supreme Court on Tuesday demands the legal age for marriage to be increased to 25 years from 21 years for men and 21 years from 18 years for women, in order to control the growing population.  

The Petition, filed by Delhi lawyer and BJP leader Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay stated that “Fertility depends on the age of marriage. Therefore, the minimum age of marriage should be raised. At present, the minimum age for marriage is 21 years for men and 18 years for women has been fixed by law."It should be 25 years and 21 years respectively. This law should be firmly implemented and people should also be made aware of this through publicity."

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The Petition points out that the population in India is growing at an alarming rate, showing the statistics obtained from various surveys and stated that, “The population of India is quite large and rapidly increasing. One percent growth rate means an addition of about 1.5 crore people every year. Therefore, an effective population control measure is the need of the hour. We know that birth rate is mainly responsible for rapid population growth. Hence, measures, which can reduce the birth rate, should be adopted."

It, therefore, blames the growing population for increasing poverty, unemployment, hunger, food adulteration, health problems, depletion of natural resources and crime.  

It also indicates several state laws that prohibit people with more than two children from contesting elections before local authorities and argues that differences in the adoption of such laws by states generate discrepancies.

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The petition, demands a uniform policy for population control, along with awareness campaigns and incentives for those who adhere to the norm.

It also refers to the recommendations made by the National Commission to review the functioning of the Constitution on population control, calling for the implementation of these measures.

It also demands that people with more than two children be declared inadmissible to form a political party, become political carriers and apply for jobs in the executive power and in the justice system.

The petitioner is known for his PIL's in the courts. He had earlier filed petitions asking for a Nationwide Liquor ban which was rejected by the Supreme Court. He also filed PILs to make Hindi compulsory in schools from class 1-6 and for mandatory linking of Aadhar to voter ID and property records.



After this, the person may even petition - 'better ban marriages'. :D Adultery is one of d major cause of recent inc. in divorces and marriage disputes. And to dec. these divorce cases of coz of adultery. I guess there is need to dec legal age of marriage of girls to 16(as that of malaysia) and that of man to 18 yrs.