50 more Years to Abolish Child Marriage in India – UNICEF

Untitled-5India, with its very slow pace, may require another 50 years to abolish the practice of child marriage, though it witnessed a decline in the practice in the last two decades, says UNICEF.

Dora Giusti, UNICEF child protection specialist in India said, “Child marriage has been declining at a rate of one per cent per year in the last two decades, but at this rate it will be eliminated in 50 years or so”.

Giusti detailed, “A study among married women currently aged between 20 and 24 revealed that 43 per cent of them were married before 18 and two out of every five women during the survey said they were married as children”.

Earlier in July, United Nations report said that India has sixth highest prevalence of child marriage, with one in every three child brides living in the country.

Giusti explained, “Child marriage is still a widely accepted practice ruled by social norms and gender roles. Girls are still seen as a burden and not worthy of investing on. For generations, once girls hit puberty, their parents have married them off in the false belief that this will also protect them from violence”.

Medaram Jathara

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