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Plea to raise minimum age for marriage

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Petition to be listed before the bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra

Population explosion was a growing menace to fundamental rights, and one of the steps to check this was to raise the minimum age for marriage, a petition filed in the Supreme Court said. It is likely to be listed before a Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.

Petitioner advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay said “fertility depends on the age of marriage’’. Therefore the minimum age for marriage for men and women should be made 25 years and 21 years respectively from the current 21 years and 18 years, he said.

The plea said the state had failed to implement effective population control strategy or programme to ensure the well-being of citizens, which was under peril due to the rampant rise in population.

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