The minimum age of marriage is being raised from 15 to 18 for girls and from 18 to 21 for boys. A Bill to give effect to this decision was introduced in the Lok Sabha today. Bill seeks to amend the Child Marriage Restraint Act and make consequential changes in the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 and the Indian Christian Marriage Act. Law Minister H.R. Gokhale, who introduced the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, said in the statement of objects and reasons that the question of increasing the minimum age of marriage for males and females had been considered in the present content of the urgent need to check growth of population. An increase of the minimum age of marriage would result in lowering the total fertility rate on account of lesser span of married life.
Report On Cow
Minister of State for Agriculture A.P. Shinde told the Rajya Sabha that the government has asked the cow protection committee to submit its final report by May next year. He said the background in which the committee was set up was full of tension and agitation behind which some reactionary forces were active. The members at whose instance the committee was established had even refused to cooperate. The committee could not function because of outside pressure, he said.
Two blacks were shot dead bthe police as armed Zulus attacked other blacks in Johannesburg’s Soweto African township, the South African Press Association reported. The fresh violence erupted after a night of terror in which an estimated 1,500 Zulu workers engaged in street fighting with residents of the riot-battered township. The news agency reported the latest unconfirmed death toll as 10, with hundreds wounded. It said the police had opened fire on armed men who were attacking homes and dragging young women into black workers’ hostels.