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1 woman member in a panel to examine bill to raise female marriage age

  • In a panel constituted to examine raising the legal marriage age of women, there is only one woman member. Member of Parliament from Trinamool Congress, Sushmita Dev, is the only female member of the panel.

  • During the winter session of Parliament, the bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union minister Smriti Irani. The bill was then sent to the 31-member committee for examination.

  • Sushmita Dev stated that she wished that there were more female members in the committee. She, however, assured that it will be made sure that the views of all interest groups are heard. MP Supriya Sule, on the other hand, stated that the chairman of the panel does have the power to invite more female members to the panel.