Hindu brides gather as they wait to participate in a mass marriage ceremony at Surat in India’s Gujarat state on December 4. Photo: AFP
Hindu brides gather as they wait to participate in a mass marriage ceremony at Surat in India’s Gujarat state on December 4. Photo: AFP
India

India lays out controversial bill to raise women’s marriage age

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has presented new legislation in parliament, seeking to raise the legal age at which women can marry to 21 from 18
  • Rights activists say the bill will do little to change long-held social mores and instead penalise adult women

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Hindu brides gather as they wait to participate in a mass marriage ceremony at Surat in India’s Gujarat state on December 4. Photo: AFP
Hindu brides gather as they wait to participate in a mass marriage ceremony at Surat in India’s Gujarat state on December 4. Photo: AFP
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