11 November, 2019
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Syllabus subtopic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
News: A new study calls for a need to distinguish between self-arranged marriages among older adolescents and forced child marriages to protect teens from social stigma, parental backlash and punitive action
Prelims and Mains focus: Laws on this issue, need for change.
Findings of the study:
What the law says?
Why have a minimum age for marriage?
The law prescribes a minimum age of marriage to essentially outlaw child marriages and prevent abuse of minors. Personal laws of various religions that deal with marriage have their own standards, often reflecting custom.
Need for uniformity:
Two Supreme Court rulings could be significant to the context of this argument:
Source: The Hindu
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