Child Marriage Restraint Act

Child Marriage Restraint Act

Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929 popularly known as the Sarda Act after its sponsor Rai Sahib Harbilas Sarda to the British India Legislature in India was passed on 28 September 1929, fixed the age of marriage for girls at 14 years and boys at 18 years. It came into effect six months later on April 1, 1930 and it applies to all of British India, not just to Hindus. It was a result of social reform movement in India. The legislation was passed by the British Indian Government.

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... freedom fighters, referred the Sharda's Bill (Hindu Child Marriage Bill) to a select committee of ten headed by Sir Moropant Visavanath Joshi ... the argument in favour of raising of the age for marriage and consent before the Joshi Committee ... The Muslim women presented their views in favour of raising the age limit of marriage even when they knew that they would face opposition from Muslim Ulemas ...

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