Stop Child Marriage

The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act (2006) prohibits marriages of boys under the age of 21 and girls below the age of 18. However, this has had little impact in the real world, which is mirrored in the fact that India is home to the largest number of child brides in the world.

CHERISHING THE AGE OF INNOCENCE

Child marriage is often perpetuated by lack of financial stability more than lack of knowledge about the laws and its implications. It propagates a highly patriarchal mindset, which ultimately results in the girl child going through harrowing experiences of burdening with the domestic responsibility, at the cost of her own independence, vision, education, health, growth and right to choice.

The problems of child marriage are aplenty- like domestic violence against girl child, abuse, and other types of inhuman treatment. Statistics show that 13 percent of all girls married between the ages of 15 and 18 years face some form of abuse and sexual violence at the hands of their husbands. Child marriage has a huge negative bearing on the girl’s health status, which makes us as a nation stand at 128th position in Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) as per the World Health Organisation.

By ensuring support and security for children's progressive future, we can make sure that they do not get forced into marriages at a young age and have access to development opportunities.

Preventing child marriage would also mean that the child has a better future, and a chance to achieve their dreams.

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Did you know?

India is home to one of the largest child bride population in the world. The alarming discrepancy between socio-economic strata is directly responsible for regressive practices like child marriage, which unduly affects the lives of young children.

  • 11 states in the country have child marriage rate above the national average
  • One in three girls who are married off between the ages of 15 and 19 end up pregnant while they are still teenagers
  • Large pockets of urban areas also showcase high rates of child marriage
  • Highest prevalence of child marriages occur in low education/ low income group

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