Supreme Court Dismisses Plea to Raise Marriageable Age of Girls to 21

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court rejected a plea made by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay to increase the marriageable age of girls to 21. The petition was heard by a bench headed by CJI D. Y. Chandrachud, along with Justices P. S. Narasimha and J. B. Pardiwala.

Upadhyay argued that the current age difference between boys and girls for marriage, with boys being allowed to marry at 21 and girls at 18, violated constitutional articles 14, 15, and 21. He urged that the age limit for girls should also be raised to 21 years.

However, the Supreme Court bench stated that it is not the court’s responsibility to dictate to the Parliament on what laws to make. The bench emphasized that any decision to change the age limit for marriage should be left up to the Parliament. The bench subsequently dismissed Upadhyay’s plea.

This decision has sparked mixed reactions among the public, with some believing that the current age limit is too low, and others arguing that it should be left up to individuals and their families to decide when they want to get married.

Overall, the Supreme Court’s decision highlights the importance of separating the roles of the judiciary and the legislative branch in the country’s democracy. It is now up to the Parliament to take any steps to change the existing laws concerning marriageable age.


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