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Priyanka Chaturvedi expressed concern that there is only one woman in the 31-member committee

New Delhi: Maharashtra MP Priyanka Chaturvedi has expressed concern over the formation of a committee that is considering a bill to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21. In a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, Ms Chaturvedi said the committee of 31 MPs considering the bill of great importance for women has only one woman member – West Bengal MP Sushmita Dev.

“I am writing this letter to you as a concerned Member of Parliament. In the Winter Session of Parliament, an important Bill affecting the lives of women across the country was introduced- the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill. This Bill Wants to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21. After it was introduced in the Lok Sabha, it was referred to the respective Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports. However, the committee had only one The woman is a Member of Parliament as a member,” Ms Chaturvedi said in the letter.

“It is disappointing to note that a bill relating to women and Indian society will be discussed in a committee where representation is highly skewed. Therefore, I request you to ensure that there should be more representation and participation of women The discussion around the Bill deals with the issues faced by women in India. It is extremely important that the interests of all stakeholders are kept in mind and the voices of all, especially women, are heard and understood,” said Ms. Chaturvedi, who A Shiv Sena leader also said in the letter.

Sushmita Dev, the lone woman member of the committee, has also expressed similar concerns. She said she was surprised to learn that she was the only female member of the committee.

“I was very surprised that I am the only woman member on the committee dealing with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, which is the nodal ministry for the Bill. There is a gender imbalance, no doubt. The Bill needs views from all stakeholders, especially Basically women leaders. I would appeal to the Speaker that all women MPs be allowed to give their views and suggestions regarding the said bill to the chairman of the committee,” Ms. Dev told news agency ANI.

The introduction of the bill in Parliament was opposed by some MPs, who argued that the move violated several personal laws in violation of fundamental rights and demanded that it be referred to a parliamentary panel for further investigation.

The bill seeks to amend seven personal laws – the Indian Christian Marriage Act, the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, the Special Marriage Act, the Hindu Marriage Act and the Foreign Marriage Act.

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