Review of Laws and Legislative Measures Affecting Women
by National Commission for Women (NCW)

No. 10. The Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929

Suggested Amendments by NCW
  1. The government should immediately appoint Child Marriage Prevention Officers.

  2. The punishment provided for, under Section 23, of the Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929, should be amended so as to make the punishment more stringent.

  3. A new provision should be included in the Act to the effect that any marriage performed in contravention to the order made by the Child Marriage Prevention officer should be void.

  4. A new provision should be included in the Act for creating a penal obligation on every person present at a child marriage for objecting to or advising the person concerned against such marriage or reporting to the Child Marriage Prevention officer, of the solemnization of child marriage.

  5. Section 7 of the At should be replaced by a provision for making all offence under the Act as cognizable without any qualifying clause.
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