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Indian government rules out coercion to curb population growth

Catholic World News - July 15, 2010

Despite population forecasts predicting that India will overtake China as the most populous nation in the world by 2050, India’s federal government has said emphatic no to adopt coercive measures to reign in the boom in population.

Inaugurating a high profile run to spread awareness to mark World Population Day on July 11 in New Delhi, federal Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad ruled out coercion in the government efforts to curb population growth.

Indian population grows at a rate of 1.5 percent annually and is now estimated to be over 1.2 billion.

The federal minister pointed out that the government would try to enforce strict implementation of laws on age of marriage (18 for girls and 21 for boys) and educate couple to delay first child to stabilize population growth.

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