As per the Indian law, the eligibility for marriage is 18 for girls and 21 for boys. However, India is one of the countries having the largest number of brides approximately one-third of the global total. Child marriage is an evil practice that is deeply rooted in the society which spreads discrimination and gender inequality. Child marriage not only affects girls but also boys. They both are deprived of their childhood, education, social rights, and burdened by responsibilities over their shoulder at a very younger age. According to a report of UNICEF, each year at least 1.5 million get married under the age of 18 which makes it clear that India is home for the largest number of brides. Child marriage is one of the reasons for girls’ untimely death or an early age death due to adolescent pregnancy. Child marriage also accentuates sexual abusing, domestic violence, gender inequality, illiteracy, and other suppression by society.
Here are some recent data about child marriage in India:
As we know, child marriage has been practiced for centuries as cultural and societal practice in India and hence it is difficult to remove it from its root but nowadays people become educated and become more aware of their social rights and health of women. India with the guidance of UNICEF tries to mitigate child marriage in the urban as well as in the rural areas by spreading awareness.
We all need to take steps against child marriage together to give justice to those children who are still deprived of their rights, education, and childhood.