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Punjab & Haryana High Court Issues Notice to Centre, States/UT for Revision of Age of Majority and changing the 150 years old Act

Lawstreet Journal 29 Jul 2021 5:28pm

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The Punjab and Haryana High Court last week issued notice to the Centre, Punjab and Haryana States, and the UT Chandigarh government to evaluate whether the age of majority should be changed, quoting the Indian Majority Act, which was passed about 150 years ago (146 years to be exact).

Justice Amol Rattan Singh's bench also ordered the Home Secretary that the Chief Secretary shall inform the Court if there is any intention of introducing an amendment to change the age of majority upward.

The court while observing the Government stated that, “This court feels compelled to issue notice to the Union of India, the States of Punjab and Haryana, as well as the UT of Chandigarh, to get in to the issue of whether the age of majority needs to be amended or not, the Indian Majority Act, 1875, being an Act enacted more than 150 years ago; notably with teens currently, who are commonly still students well into their 20s, while this was not always the case when the aforementioned Act was written.”

The matter in brief

The High Court issued this directive in response to a protection petition submitted by a couple in a live-in relationship. The Court had ordered the State of Haryana to determine the couple's age when it heard the case on 29th June.

In response to this order, the state counsel presented an affidavit filed by Panchkula ACP before the Bench during the hearing last week.

According to the affidavit, the pair was… Continue Reading...

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