India Government creates a task force to conduct research on the relationship between age of marriage and maternal mortality

Team SoOLEGAL 8 Jun 2020 2:14pm

India Government creates a task force to conduct research on the relationship between age of marriage and maternal mortality

The Government has set up a task force to investigate the relationship between gender, the age of motherhood and the maternal mortality rate, moving on from the Budget announcement to set up a framework to look at the "whole question of the age of a girl entering motherhood."

The 10-member task force, headed by prominent politician and activist Jaya Jaitly, was set up on June 4th, 2020. The Task Force has to submit its report by 31st July.

During her February budget statement, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Women's marriage age rose from 15 years to 18 years during 1978 by amending the Sharda Act of 1929. As India continues to grow, there are incentives for women to seek higher education and employment. There are imperatives to reduce MMR and improve nutritional levels. The whole question of the age of a girl entering motherhood needs to be seen under this. I consider forming a task force to deliver its recommendations within six months.”

According to the terms of reference, the Task Force will examine the correlation between marriage age and motherhood with the health, medical well-being and nutritional status of mother and neonate / child during pregnancy, birth and key parameters such as infant mortality rate (IMR), maternal mortality rate (MMR), total fertility rate (TFR), sex ratio at birth (SRB) and child sex ratio (CSR).

It will also propose measures to promote higher education among women, appropriate legislative instruments or amendments to existing legislation to support the recommendations of the Task Force and a detailed implementation plan with timelines for the implementation of its recommendations.

The Task Force members include Niti Aayog Member (Health) Dr. Vinod Paul and Secretaries of Union Ministries of Health and Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, Department of Higher Education , School Education and Literacy and Legislative Department as well as Najma Akhtar (New Delhi), Vasudha Kamath (Maharashtra) Dr. Dipti Shah (Gujarat).

Tagged: India Government   relationship   Finance Minister   Nirmala Sitharaman   Task Force  
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