Earlier in1955 it has been stated that the valid age for girls to getting
married is 18. But we all know that the law is not fulfilling Earlier we all
know according to Hindu marriage act all over the India because there are some
states such as Rajasthan and some villages that this rule is not able to perform
This is all because the parents make their girl bride in very small
ages as right after their birth, due to which the age for girls that is 18 is
not able to follow in a good manner. But according to the Hindu marriage act
1955, if the girl is married below the age of 18, then the marriage will be
considered as the void.
Recently the union cabinet has changed the women's age
from 18 to 21 but will it work? Because as we all know earlier also its not been
worked in lower areas (some villages of India) is not following the law. Right
after the new amendment in the law there are many minorities and Muslims that
were not in favour of changing the age from 18 to 21.
If we talk about the Muslims we all know that the Muslims have their own rules
regarding their marriage such as Muslim Personal Law that is Shariat act in
1937. But we all know that India is a democratic India and everyone has their
choice to practice their own rules and regulations they want to. Thus the
Muslims choose their own laws regarding the marriage and more. But right after
the new amendment the child marriage is ushering in the social change.
which the child marriage is now considering as voidable not void. If we talk
about the different minorities the people are not in favour of this law because
the thinking of the people is not yet changed. As we all know there are still
some people who does the marriage right after the birth of the girl and if that
girl complaints a file after the 18, only then the marriage will be considered
But if we talk about the metropolitan cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and many more these cities are in favour of this amendment. This is all
because now the thinking of the society has been changed as earlier there are no
freedom for the girls, no jobs have been allotted to girls, but if we talk about
the current situation we all know that the society is giving more n more
facilities to girls.
As we know if we talk about the hospitals there are more
number of the female doctors and nurses rather than the male doctors. And even
if we talk about the private offices we all know that only the female worker is
being providing with the cab facilities rather then the male worker. Due to
which we all can understand that the thinking of the society is changing and in
metropolitan cities girls want equality as well because if we talk about the
male marriage age that is 21.
Why the age of female should be different? Due to
which the females are in favour of the amendment that has been made from 18 to
21. But what if a girl is married to a Muslim man or what if a boy is married to
a Muslim girl? In this what will be the consequences?
Because if talk about the
legal marriage age according to Hindu Marriage Act for man that 21 and for women
that is 21 too, but if we talk about the Shariat act of the Muslim law the valid
legal age for getting married for male is:
15 years of age that is whether it
will be a boy or a girl the person must have presumed the attained the puberty
or upon completing the legal age of 15 years. Lets discuss it with some judgements by which we can understand as there a case in which if a Muslim girl
that is below the age of 15 and a boy that is of 33 years, will that marriage
will be considered as valid or void? Because in India we all know that the legal
age for girl is 21.
But here is a judgement what the court has said regarding this matter:
The Punjab and the Haryana High Court has passed the judgement in which they
have stated that by providing the protection to a Muslim girl who married to a
Hindu man while noting that she is of Marriageable Age under Muslim personal
Even the bench of the justice Harnaresh Singh was hearing a protection plea that
has been filled by the couple by both the parties who have solemnized their
marriage in the Hindu temple and there after sought the protection of their life
and liberty. By this case we can understand that the age is can taken in a
serious matter. Even though it matters that where the marriage has been done or
in what tradition because in this case the boy is a Hindu and a girl is Muslim
but the tradition the couple have followed is Hindu tradition.
By all these situations we can understand that changing the age for girls 18 to
21 is good because every girl has here right when or at what age she should get
marry, the society never have to force the parents or a girl. Because we all
know in earlier times when the girl is married at a young age the male family
demands so much of dowry and due to which the girl family starting feeling
granted because they have to even give them the girl along with the dowry and
even in some cases the male family demands more n more after the marriage.
At last if we see the amendment has played a very vital role in the country as
changing the age from 18 to 21 is very good because girls have their right as
they have their own life and let them get a free environment they want to have.