India has the sixth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child bride living in India, a United Nations report said.
Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today are married as children or before their 18th birthday.
In India, about 27 per cent of women aged 20 to 49 years were married before age 15. About 31 per cent of women in that age group were married after age 15 but before they turned 18.
Child marriage in India, according to Indian law, is a marriage where either the woman is below age 18 or the man is below age 21. Child marriages are prevalent in India.
Child marriage has many causes: cultural, social, economic and religious. Child marriage fosters poverty, however, as it ensures that girls who marry young will not be properly educated or take part in the workforce.
Premature pregnancy and motherhood are an inevitable consequence of child marriage. Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than women in their twenties.
Girls are not property; they have the right to determine their destiny. When they do so, everyone benefits.
We can stop child marriage by support girls educate them. Education is one of the most powerful tools to delay the age at which girls marry as school attendance helps shift norms around child marriage.