What Is TASK FORCE By Ministry Of Women & Child Development?
Headed by Jaya Jaitley, The Task force was constituted in June 2020. It was constituted by the Ministry of Women & child development, to re-examine the right age of marriage for girls. It gave a report in December 2020. It had recommended that the minimum age of women at the time of giving birth to their first child should be 21. The task force recommended increasing the marriage age for girls from 18 years to 21 years. The proposal also correlated the marriage age to health & social indices like maternal mortality, infant mortality, and nutrition levels in mothers and children.
On December 15, 2021, the Union Cabinet approved the proposal of increasing the marriage age for women from 18 years to 21 years This proposal was approved a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this in August 2020, during the Independence Day address.