NCPCR writes to Rajasthan CM over marriage registration bill, says it “legitimises” child marriage

The commission fears the enactment of the bill may impact the physical, psychological, and social state of minors, and their education.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has written to the Rajasthan Chief Minister’s office expressing apprehensions over the Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill, 2021, saying it “legitimises” child marriages.

The NCPCR, in its letter, said Section 8 of the amendment bill provides for registration of child marriages through marriage registration officers of the place where they have been residing for more than 30 days.

The commission feared the enactment of the bill may have a serious impact on the physical, psychological, and social state of minors, and their education.

It asked the government to reconsider the bill and review it in accordance with the law and welfare of the children in the State.

“The bill … states that the marriage between the bridegroom who has not completed 21 years and the bride who has not completed 18 years of age could be registered by the parents or guardians within the 30 days of the marriage,” the NCPCR said in the letter on Friday.

The commission said the bill “legitimises” child marriages in Rajasthan.

The Rajasthan Assembly had last week passed the bill amending a 2009 Act.

The bill has fomented considerable controversy, eliciting a public interest litigation over the legitimacy of the said section.

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