In U-turn, Rajasthan recalls law amid concern over child marriages

Jaipur, Oct 12 (KMS): The government in the Indian state of Rajasthan has decided to recall the state’s Marriages Amendment Bill 2021 that says that all marriages including those of minors must be registered. In the case of minors, the bill says, their parents or guardians must register the marriages.

Passed last month in the Rajasthan assembly, the bill led to a huge uproar in the state as many said that it will encourage child marriages. A non-government organisation had also challenged the amendment to the bill in the Rajasthan high court.

The Rajasthan Compulsory Registrations of Marriage Amendment Bill 2021 makes it mandatory to register all marriages even if a girl is under 18 and a boy is under 21 by the guardians.

After several objections were raised by activists and the Opposition, the state, on the day of the International Girl Child on Monday, said that it will ask the Governor to return the bill.