'Nothing to do with it': Akhilesh Yadav over MPs’ remarks on proposal to raise women’s legal marriage age
The remarks from Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav came after at least two of the party’s members of Parliament reportedly opposed the Centre’s decision.
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday distanced the party from the remarks made by some of its lawmakers over the Centre’s move to raise the legal age of marriage for women.
The remarks from the SP chief came after at least two of the party’s members of Parliament reportedly opposed the Centre’s decision.
“Samajwadi Party has nothing to do with any such statement. The Samajwadi Party is a progressive party and has launched schemes for the progress of girls and women,” he told news agency ANI when asked about the MPs’ remarks.
He was addressing a poll rally at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh as part of his campaign.
The Union government might table a bill in Parliament, during the ongoing Winter Session, to raise the minimum legal age of marriage for women in the country to 21, according to several reports on Thursday.
The proposal regarding the move has reportedly been cleared by the Union Cabinet and if implemented, it will raise women’s legal marriage age to 21, from the current 18, at par with that of men’s.
Earlier in the day, SP’s Lok Sabha member Shafiqur Rahman Burq opposed the bill and said many people would want to marry off their daughters at an “early age.”
“India is a poor country and everybody wants to marry off their daughter at an early age... I will not support this Bill in Parliament,” Barq was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Another party leader ST Hasan asked if girls could vote at the age of 18 why could they not marry at the same age.
“Girls should be married when they attain the age of fertility. There is nothing wrong if a mature girl is married at 16. If she can vote at the age of 18, why can't she marry?” he said.