The controversy erupted today after retroactive remarks by a former minister in the Madhya Pradesh Congress of a woman’s minimum age for marriage. Former minister of PWD and Kamal Nath said, “When girls can breed at the age of 15, why can their marriage age increase from 18 to 21 years.” party.
But the Congress tried to suppress the matter, with state Congress spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta claiming that the BJP “did not want to do anything”.
The issue came up before Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, when he inaugurated “Samman” – a fortnightly public awareness campaign about crimes against women – calling for a national debate on raising the minimum age of marriage.
Currently women are allowed to marry at the age of 18, three years before the minimum age limit of 21 years for men. The Chief Minister had said that the minimum age for women should also be 21 years.
Saying that women are capable of reproduction at the age of 15, Mr. Verma said, “This is not my discovery. According to the report of doctors, girls are suitable to have children at the age of 15. Only this For the reason, a girl. At least 18 years old is considered mature enough for marriage, ”Mr. Verma said.
The former minister said, “Girls should go to their ‘in-laws’ (in-laws) and be happy after they turn 18.”
Highlighting the Chief Minister’s statement, Mr. Verma said, “Is he (Shivraj Singh Chauhan) a scientist or a great doctor that he is batting to raise the minimum marriageable age for girls from 18 to 21 years.”
BJP spokesperson Rahul Kothari said, “Sajjan Singh Verma has insulted all daughters not only in Madhya Pradesh, but across the country.”
“Verma seems to have forgotten that his party’s national president Sonia Gandhi and his party’s young national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are both women. I request Congress national president Sonia Gandhi to publicly address Sajjan Singh Verma Ask the women to apologize. Then they expelled him from the party.
The Congress said the former minister had only asked if the chief minister knew “any valid research” to base the demand for a debate on raising the marriage age of women to 21 years. The Chief Minister made such demands for media attention, Bhupendra Gupta said in a press conference with Mr. Verma.