JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN: National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) asked the Rajasthan state government to reconsider the new marriage where the registration of child marriages is permitted.
Rajasthan state assembly passed the provisions of the Rajasthan Compulsory Registration of Marriages (Amendment) Bill 2021.
NCPCR said the Bill gives legitimacy to child marriages and is in contravention of laws that protect children from the same.
Priyank Kanoongo, NCPCR Chairperson, wrote to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, pointing out the provisions of the Bill that will affect physical, psychological, social and education of minors in the state.
He mentioned pointed in the Prohibition of Child Marriage act, 2006, which is the central Act.
Section 9 states that solemnisation of child marriages are prohibited and constitutes child marriages by a male adult with a girl child as a criminal offence.
Section 10 of the Act further provides that whoever performs, conducts, directs or abets any child marriage will be punished with two years imprisonment and one lakh rupees fine.
Section 11 provides punishment for promoting child marriages.