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The government’s move to raise the legal age at marriage for women from 18 to 21 years, with the aim of eradicating child marriage and ensuring gender parity, has prompted concerns from many public policy experts. Law is necessary but insufficient to bring the social change needed to end child marriage, explained Poonam Muttreja, executive director of the Population Foundation of India. Increased access to education is the main driver of a secular rise in age at marriage, she said. Girls must also be provided with skills linked to jobs for which there is market demand. Empowering women such that they decide if, when and to whom they wish to get married, is also crucial, she said.

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