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3 states yet to frame rules under Child Marriage Act: Maneka

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Uttar Pradesh, and are yet to frame rules for carrying out the provisions of Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, the was informed today.

The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (PCMA), 2006 authorises state governments to frame rules as envisaged under the Act.

In a written reply to a query, Union Women and Child Development said Uttar Pradesh, and have not framed rules for carrying out the provisions of the Act.

and have not framed the rules as child marriage is not in prevalence, but they have adopted the Act, she said.

A total of 619 cases of child marriage were registered under the PCMA in 2015 and 2016. The highest number of such cases during the period was reported from (132) followed by (86), the said.

Child marriages are valid in the country, but can be annulled if a case is filed in a district court by either of the two contracting parties within two years of becoming an adult, or through a guardian in case of minors.

The seeks to amend Section 3 of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 under which a child marriage is only voidable at the option of the contracting parties.

The legal age for marriage in the country is 18 for a woman and 21 for a man.

According to UNICEF, saw a sharp decline in child marriages over the last 10 years with 27 per cent of girls getting married before their 18th birthday as against

47 per cent a decade ago.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 17:05 IST