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‘Women wait for a long time…’, Assam CM Himanta said about marriage at the right age

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Vishwa Sharma on Saturday said that his government is determined to stop early marriages and child births during this period. The chief minister’s remarks came at a time when the state government has decided to bring in stricter laws and invoke sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act to stop the practice of child marriage and early motherhood. Addressing a government program organized here, Sharma said, “Thousands of husbands will be arrested in the next five to six months because having sex with a girl below 14 years of age will be a crime, even if they are legally her husband.”

He said that the legal age of marriage for girls is 18 years and action will be taken against those who marry a girl below this age. “Many (who marry underage girls) can face jail,” Sharma said. Speaking on motherhood, Sharma said that ‘women should not wait for a long time to become a mother, as complications increase with age. He said that the appropriate age to become a mother is 22 to 30 years. He smiled and said that women who have not married yet should tie the knot.

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She said, ‘We are against becoming a mother at a very young age but at the same time women should not wait too long as many do… God has made our body in such a way that there is a proper age for everything.’ Significantly, the Assam cabinet on Monday decided that action will be taken against men who marry girls below the age of 14 under the POCSO Act. Similarly, action will be taken against those who marry girls between the age of 14 to 18 years under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act-2006.

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