Increasing marriage age and tracking women for their safety".The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh has recently made two suggestions which are under consideration. The first one is to increase the legal age of women to 21 years for getting married. The second one is to track women for their safety once they go out of the house.
According to the Sarada Act, the minimum legal age for women to get married is after 18 years. The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh wants to propose 21 years as the legal age for marriage for women. In August 2020, the Prime Minister had already made an announcement that a committee was set up to examine the possibility of increasing the age to 21.
The second proposal is to track women for their safety if they go out of their house for their job or any other work. They have to register at a local police station and they will be provided with a helpline number to contact in case of necessity.
Increasing the legal age of women for marriage may become a burden on the parents. The family conditions differ and many other factors determine when to get a woman married off. Tracking women is only intruding into their personal life. No woman will like to be tracked which intrudes into her privacy. The Government can do better by concentrating on other pressing problems than trying to intrude into the personal matters of the people.