To : Miss Shreejana Thapa By : Bhalasa Tuladhar Class : 7 Sec : A Roll No : 12
Child Marriage is defined as a marriage of a girl or boy before the age of 18 and refers to both formal marriages and informal unions in which children under the age of 18 live with a partner as if married. Almost one in five girls (17%) are married before the age of 15.
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Statistics Of Child Marriage
Worldwide , more than 700 million women alive in 2014 were married before their 18th birthday. Child marriage among girls is most common in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. One third of the girls in developing countries are married before the age of 18, while about one in nine are married before attaining age 15.
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Purpose Of Child Marriage
As per the law, a boy before the age of 21 and a girl before 18 are not considered eligible to marry. Any such disobedience is regarded as unlawful and is a punishable offence and considered as child marriage. The practice of offering gifts and wealth to the groom’s family is known as dowry, and the association of dowry with child marriage has been going on for a long time. A common dowry practice is found across all religions across the world and is often correlated to the bride’s age. In other words, the demand for dowry will increase with the increase in the bride’s age. This fear of more dowry for more age has led to more pervasiveness of child marriage. Additionally, the major factor in driving people towards child marriage has been poverty. For parents with several children or families living in extreme poverty, child marriage is simply a way to help alleviate the desperate economic conditions they find themselves in. It's one less mouth to feed and one less education to fund.
Stop Child Marriage
Child marriage has been illegal in Nepal since 1963 and, at 20 years old for both men and women, Nepal has one of the highest legal ages of marriage in the world. Arranging a child marriage or marrying a child is also punishable by law..
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