A great conflict existed between Lokamanya Tilak and the social reformers between 1882 and 1892. He, on several occasions, was attacked by the extreme social reformers as he would always intervene between the social reformers and laws of the Government for carrying out the social reforms. He would put forward his views in such a manner that whenever a social reformer took an aim against him, his views could not be misinterpreted by even the most enthusiastic social reformer. For instance, Tilak was himself against the system of child marriage prevailing in the society, but he equally felt it to be harmful to abolish it completely by law. He thought that such a matter of high esteem should be dealt with educating the society. On one hand, he wrote against certain demonstrative objectionable customs followed in marriage ceremonies; while on the other hand, he stood firm with certain other rites which had their basis in authorized religious documents. At times, he criticized the concept of widow remarriages but also opposed the tradition of widower remarriage. His perspective was also to empower women for devoting their lives to the cause of liberating the mother-country. He proposed various changes on different issues such as increasing the age of marriage for girls and boys to 16 and 20 respectively, prohibiting liquor and abolishing dowry system, among others. However, these proposals were not welcomed by other reformers like Ranade and Agarkar.