Child Marriage: Its Causes and Worse Impacts in Indian society.

Pankaj Kumar Das

Abstract


Child Marriage is a human rights violation. Now child marriage is a curse in the global society. Child marriage is a burning problem around the world including India. It is especially prevalent in India, where more than one third of child brides live. According to UNICEF, 47% of girls are married by 18 years of age & 18% are married by 15 years of age. Majority of girls who were married below 18 years are from poor & below poverty line families. These marriages are often performed without the consent of the girls involved in the marriage. Indian law has made child marriage illegal, but it is still widely practiced across the nation. The highest rates are seen particularly in the rural states in India. In most cases young girls get married off to older men, when they are still children. Child marriages must be viewed within a context of force & coercion, involving pressure & children’s lack of choice or capacity to give their full consent. Child marriage is common practice in India, Niger, Chad, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Africa & Nepal, Where mostly girls are married below the age of 18. Child marriage is rooted in gender inequality, culture & tradition, poverty & insecurity. Child marriage has worse effect on the young girls, society and her children’s health. It has severe negative health consequences of girls are often not psychologically, physically & sexually mature. It is resulting in death, health problems, poverty, violence & lack of education.


Keywords


Child marriage, history,factors, consequences, remedies, suggestions.

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