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Houses Adjourned till Monday, Govt Likely to Introduce Bill to Amend Prohibition of Child Marriage Act on Dec 20

The Union Cabinet has decided to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years, bringing it at par with that of men.

News18.com | December 17, 2021, 15:45 IST
Marriage age of women, raising marriage age from 18 to 21 years

The government is likely to introduce a bill on December 20 to amend the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, sources said. The Union Cabinet has decided to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years, bringing it at par with that of men. The proposed bill may also seek to make consequential changes to various personal laws relating to marriage of different communities to Read More

Dec 17, 2021 15:01 IST

Rahul Gandhi Attacks Govt Over Closing Down of MSMEs During Pandemic

“I had asked some serious questions about the MSMEs from the government and in response to them they have admitted that nine percent MSMEs have closed down during Covid times. “National Small Industries Corporation Limited has conducted an on-line survey in August 2020, covering around 5,774 MSMES in 32 States/UTs to assess the impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on MSMES. It was found in the said survey that 91 percent MSMES were functional and nine percent MSMES had closed down due to the impact of COVID-19,” the government said in its written response to Gandhi’s question.

Dec 17, 2021 13:09 IST

'Congress Should Suspend their Leader Before Talking About Women Empowerment': Smriti Irani

“It is extremely shameful that inside Vidhan Sabha, a Congress leader has given a shameful statement about women that ‘one should enjoy while a woman gets raped’: Smriti Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development on Karnataka Congress MLA KR Ramesh Kumar’s ‘rape’ remark. Congress should first suspend their leader before talking about women empowerment and raising slogans like “Ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon” in Uttar Pradesh,” said  Smriti Irani, Minister of Women and Child Development.

Dec 17, 2021 12:41 IST

'Shameful Action, Party Must Deal With Them': Jaya Bachchan on Karnataka MLA's Rape Remark

Shameful behaviour, shameful action. The party must deal with them & take very strict action so that it’s an example for others not to even think of such things, forget talking about it in the House: SP MP Jaya Bachchan on Karnataka Congress MLA KR Ramesh Kumar’s ‘rape’ remark

Dec 17, 2021 12:37 IST

Suspends MPs and Others Protest Privatisation of PSBs

Suspended MPs and other Members of the Parliament protest outside on the Parliament premises, against privatisation and merger plans of Public Sector Banks.

Dec 17, 2021 12:15 IST

National Assembly of Vietnam Delegation meets Venkaiah Naidu

Dec 17, 2021 11:44 IST

Rajya Sabha Adjourned till Monday

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till Monday.

Dec 17, 2021 11:23 IST

'Action Should be Taken': Farooq Abdullah on Karnataka MLA's Rape 'Joke'

“It is a very unfortunate thing to say, ” said Jammu and Kashmir NC chief Farooq Abdullah on Karnataka MLA’s rape ‘joke’ in state assembly yesterday. Action must be taken, he added.

Dec 17, 2021 11:02 IST

Congress MP Manish Tewari Gives Notice in LS to Discuss 'Autonomy of EC and Independence of Institutions'

Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss “propriety and autonomy of EC and the independence of institutions” in wake of CEC & two Election Commissioners’ interaction with principal secretary to the PM on Nov 16, as reported in public space

Dec 17, 2021 10:40 IST

'Shamless Thing to Say, He and Speaker Must Apologise to All Women': TMC MP on Karnataka MLA's Rape 'Joke'

“Trivialising rape, trivialising the mental trauma that women go through and the criminal activity is I think one of the most shocking and shameless thing to say especially in the floor of the House when women of the country expect men to be more sensitive, men who are representing constituency to be able to speak up for them,” Mausam Noor, TMC MP said on Karnataka MLA’s rape ‘joke’. “I think he needs to apologise to all the women in the country and so does his speaker, who was found laughing at that particular comment,” Noor said.

Dec 17, 2021 10:32 IST

Leader of Oppn in RS Moves Notice to Discuss Lakhimpur, Demand Resignation of MoS Teni

Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge moves adjournment motion in the House to discuss Lakhimpur Kheri matter and demand the resignation of MoS Home Ajay Misra Teni.

Dec 17, 2021 10:27 IST

IUML MP Gives Notice in RS to Discuss Proposal to Increase Min Marriage Age for Women

IUML MP Abdul Wahab gives adjournment motion notice in Rajya Sabha to discuss the proposal cleared by Union Cabinet that raises the minimum age of marriage of women from 18 to 20 years.

Dec 17, 2021 10:25 IST

Congress MP Gives Notice in RS to Discuss Lakhimpur Kheri

Congress MP Shaktisinh Gohil gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha to discuss Lakhimpur Kheri incident and demand immediate sacking of MoS Home Ajay Misra Teni.

Dec 17, 2021 09:11 IST

EXPLAINED: What To Expect From Personal Data Protection Bill As It's Set To Hit Parliament After 2-Yr Wait

Coming at a time when data is being figuratively considered to be more valuable than oil given its centrality in the new digital economy and in the wake of the Pegasus spyware scandal that led to a virtual washout of the last parliamentary session, the Bill is expected to fill a big lacuna in India’s data protection regime, although members of the JPC have flagged issues with wide-ranging exemptions available to the government under the Bill. Here’s what you need to know.

Dec 17, 2021 08:30 IST

READ | Uniform Minimum Marriageable Age of Girls Proposed to be 21 Years Regardless of Religion

The minimum marriageable age of girls has been proposed to be made religion-neutral at 21 years of age, according to a Cabinet decision to bring in a new law soon that will amend the ‘The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006’ (PCMA). Top sources said that the government is likely to introduce The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021, in Parliament on December 20 during the Winter Session. READ MORE

Dec 17, 2021 08:05 IST

READ | How Data Protection Bill Wants To Help You With Your Online Life: 12 Points

The Joint Parliamentary Committee report on the Data Protection Bill was presented in Rajya Sabha on Thursday making way for the first data protection law in India. While India has become one of the biggest internet economies worldwide and also fueling the global tech talent, there needs to be clear laws on what’s permissible and what’s not, considering data is the new oil. READ MORE

Dec 17, 2021 07:26 IST

Delegation Led by National Assembly of Vietnam Chairman Called on LS Speaker

A parliamentary delegation led by Chairman of the National Assembly of Vietnam, Vuong Dinh Hue on Thursday called on Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla here. Noting that the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Vietnam in 2016 and the virtual summit between the prime ministers of the two countries in December 2020 have given a new direction to India-Vietnam relations, Birla expressed satisfaction that from political exchanges to the fields of defence, trade, commerce and culture, bilateral relations have been further strengthened.

Dec 17, 2021 07:21 IST

After UP and Haryana, MP to Have Property Damage Recovery Law; Cabinet Gives Nod to Bill

The Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Thursday approved a bill providing for recovery of losses from people and organizations responsible for damaging public and private property during protests. Two other BJP-ruled states, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have already enacted similar laws.

Dec 17, 2021 07:20 IST

113 Countries Accept India's Covid Vaccination Certificate: Govt in RS

A total of 113 countries accept India’s Covid vaccination certificate with some of them having explicitly reached agreements for mutual recognition of certificates with India, while others have their own protocols which apply to all inoculated travellers, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. In a written reply to a question in the Upper House, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the government assigns high priority to smooth travel abroad of Indian nationals and noted that quarantine stipulations as well as entry conditions of other nations have emerged as obstacles in that regard.

Dec 17, 2021 07:19 IST

Panel Recommends More Accountability of Social Media Platforms, Non-personal Data Regulation

A parliamentary panel on Thursday recommended tougher norms to regulate social media platforms by holding them accountable for the content they host, while asserting that it is imperative to store data in India and restrict access to it by categorising it as sensitive and critical personal data. It recommended widening the scope of proposed data protection legislation to include both personal and non-personal data with “a single administration and regulatory body”, and sought greater accountability for social media platforms by treating them as ‘publishers’. The report, however, did not recommend any major dilution of the contentious exemption clause, which gives powers to the government to keep any of its agencies outside the purview of the data protection legislation.

Dec 17, 2021 07:19 IST

Experts Flag Concern About Increasing Marriage Age of Women to 21

Population Foundation of India said increasing women’s age of marriage is like “treating symptoms instead of the cause”. “While the concern with early marriage is a step in the right direction, legal action on this issue is akin to treating symptoms instead of the underlying causes which have allowed such a practice to exist for centuries. A whole range of factors such as deep-rooted gender inequality, regressive social norms, financial insecurity, lack of quality education and employment opportunities together contribute to the incidence of early and forced marriages,” it said in a statement.

ensure a uniform marriage age. As of now, the legal age of women to get married is 18 while that for men is 21 years.

The decision came a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was deliberating on what should be the minimum age for marriage of women. The decision is based on the recommendation of a four-member task force led by former Samata Party chief Jaya Jaitly.

Experts, however, expressed concern about the bill. Amita Pitre, Lead Specialist, Gender Justice, Oxfam India, told PTI the latest NFHS 5 report shows that the number of women marrying early (before 18 years) has reduced from 27 per cent in NFHS 4 to 23 per cent.

“Even so nearly, 50 to 60 per cent of marriages still take place before the age of 21 years. Raising the age of marriage to 21 years will criminalise all such marriages taking place in future. The minimum age of marriage has been 18 years since 1978. Clearly law alone is not successful in raising the age of marriage. In upper and middle classes, girls marry much beyond the age of 21 years and this happened without the compulsion of law,” he said.

The official added that the harms of criminalising marriage of girls below 21 years are manifold, which even manifest for those married under 18 years.

Sheila C Vir, senior nutrition specialist and Director, Public Health Nutrition and Development Centre, New Delhi, said while revisiting the legal age of marriage for girls, it is important to take an anthropological view of the existing diverse practices across geographies.

A total of 113 countries accept India’s Covid vaccination certificate with some of them having explicitly reached agreements for mutual recognition of certificates with India, while others have their own protocols which apply to all inoculated travellers, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

In a written reply to a question in the Upper House, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the government assigns high priority to smooth travel abroad of Indian nationals and noted that quarantine stipulations as well as entry conditions of other nations have emerged as obstacles in that regard.

A 30-member Joint Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, headed by BJP MP P P Chaudhary, tabled its report in both the houses on Thursday. A parliamentary panel recommended tougher norms to regulate social media platforms by holding them accountable for the content they host, while asserting that it is imperative to store data in India and restrict access to it by categorising it as sensitive and critical personal data.

It recommended widening the scope of proposed data protection legislation to include both personal and non-personal data with “a single administration and regulatory body”, and sought greater accountability for social media platforms by treating them as ‘publishers’.

The report, however, did not recommend any major dilution of the contentious exemption clause, which gives powers to the government to keep any of its agencies outside the purview of the data protection legislation.

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