I think it is good to increase the marriage age of a girl also to 21 years. I welcome this decision and hope that the bill will be passed in the Parliament after the Parliamentary committees' recommendations.
The following are the reasons for welcoming the decision.
1. When the minimum age is decided as 18 years, parents will be in a hurry to get their daughters married. They fix the marriage and girls are forced to drop their studies. If the age is increased to 21 years many girls will complete their graduation. Thus increasing the minimum age facilitate girls to pursue their higher studies.
2. In teenagers generally, boys and girls will not get their maturity levels developed completely. They can't think properly and there may be chances for them to take wrong decisions for which they may repent later.
3. Generally, early pregnancies in girls will increase the possibility of high blood pressure, anaemia and other health complication to both mother and the baby also. In some cases, these complications will become severe. Hence there will be severe pregnancy complications that may lead to the death of the mother.
4. There are chances for mental health problems also because of these early marriages.
5, Gender equality will also be projected in this case also if the minimum age limit is made the same for both genders. The chances of proper thinking regarding the qualities they are looking for in their life partner and accordingly they can select their partner.
Based on the above points I definitely say increasing the age is correct and naturally, women will welcome this decision.