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(Mar 02, 2008) The Law Commission of India has proposed a reduction in the legal marriageable age for men from 21 to 18 years, while recommending that unions contracted below the age of 16 be considered void. The Commission states that there is no scientific reason for keeping different marriage ages for men and women. It has also recommended compulsory registration of marriages and that the legal age of consent for sexual activity be 16 instead of 15 years.

If the reforms are accepted by the government, consensual sex with girls under 16 years of age would invite punishment for rape. Similarly, a man's sex with minor "wives" below the age of 16 would constitute rape. At present, sex with minor "wives" below 15 years of age is punishable.

Additionally, the Commission has recommended that marriages of children between the ages of 16 and 18 be made voidable. (Law Panel Proposes to Lower Marriage Age for Men from 21 to 18, THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, Feb. 6, 2008.)

Author: Krishan Nehra More by this author
Topic: Families More on this topic
Jurisdiction: India More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 03/02/2008