JAIPUR: Rajasthan state has passed a bill to register child marriages. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called it a black day.
Assembly passed the Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which amends the Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages Act, 2009.
BJP legislators walked out of the House and questioned the need for the registration of child marriages.
BJP MLA Ashok Lahoti said, "does the assembly permit us to unanimously allow child marriages? By a show of hands, we will be permitting child marriages. The bill will write a black chapter in the history of the assembly."
Rajasthan parliamentary affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal defended the bill saying that it doesn't declare child marriage as valid.