Girls Ready For Reproduction At 15, Says Cong Leader Causing Uproar

New Delhi: Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma’s remark on the procreation of minor girls has invited the ire of The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. It issued a notice to Verma on Thursday and has given him two days to give reasons and justify his intentions.

Speaking against raising a girl’s marriageable age from 18 to 21, Verma stirred a controversy on Wednesday by alleging that doctors reports confirm that  “women are ready for reproduction at the age of 15,” The Indian Express (TIE) reported.

“According to doctors, a girl is ready for reproduction by the age of 15. Is the CM a doctor or a scientist? So, on what basis does girls’ marriage age should be increased to 21 from 18,” Verma was quoted as saying.

Verma was responding to Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh’s suggestion on raising women’s marriage age to 21, on par with the current men’s age in the law and appealing for a national debate on this matter.

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