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5 Questions: Enforceability of the child marriage bill is doubtful, says N K Premachandran

RSP MP N Ok Premachandran spoke to Liz Mathew about why he opposed the introduction of the prohibition of Baby Marriage (Modification) Invoice 2021 in Lok Sabha.

Immediately, Opposition MPs objected to the introduction of the Prohibition of Baby Marriage (Modification) Invoice. Why?

This has develop into a regular apply of the federal government to carry Payments with out prior discover as supplementary enterprise and get it handed. Yesterday, the election legal guidelines modification Invoice was additionally put as a supplementary for consideration and passing… Three levels of a Invoice — introduction, consideration and passing — on the identical day will not be a very good apply in any respect. Members of Parliament are even denied their proper to suggest amendments.

You had objections solely to the best way it was launched?

For a laws, crucial issue is its enforceability. Right here, it’s uncertain that the uneducated and unemployed women would wait until 21 in distant rural India.

The cupboard cleared the Invoice final week. Why do you assume the federal government has introduced it in a rush with out placing it within the record of companies earlier?

If the federal government has bona fide intentions to carry the Invoice, they may have very properly put it within the record. The cupboard has cleared it earlier. The intent is missing because the Invoice has been hurriedly introduced in on the fag finish of the session.

However the Opposition’s demand for sending the Invoice to the Standing Committee has been accepted.

We’re comfortable that it’s despatched to the Standing Committee. Nevertheless it has develop into a supplementary agenda regardless of having ample alternatives. Additionally, members have the precise to oppose it on the time of introduction. By doing it in a rush, you’ve denied that proper too as a result of one member ought to give a previous discover to oppose it on the introductory stage.

Previously too, the Opposition has raised objections to the best way the federal government introduced in Payments. Is there any technique to handle this?

As per the rule, after the introduction of a Invoice, there’s a second studying which has two levels — dialogue on the final ideas of the Invoice, and the Home deciding whether or not the Invoice be referred to a choose, standing or joint committee. After getting the report, there are threadbare discussions on the Invoice. Sadly, this process can also be flouted.

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