India has 40% of world’s child brides, survey finds

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    India has 40% of world’s child brides, survey finds

    India has 40% of world’s child brides, survey finds - The Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Jhumki's (name changed) red and white sakha-pola (wedding bangles) and sindoor jar sharply with her starched uniform. She was forced by her father to marry when she was barely 11 but she feels lucky to be allowed to attend school.


    Forty-six per cent of women (between the ages of 18 and 29) in India were married before the age of 18, according to the National Family Health Survey-3. It is estimated that there are 23 million child brides in the country, around 40% of child brides globally. Global human rights NGO Breakthrough, working in districts of Hazaribagh and Gaya (in Bihar) and Ranchi in Jharkhand found that over 60% of women between the ages of 20-24 were married before 18.


    Breakthrough, which launched its 'Nation Against Early Marriage' campaign in Ranchi recently, has so far reached 35,000 women and expects to expand the campaign nationwide and target 100,000 women in the coming months. The NGO — which had spearheaded the successful 'bell bajao' campaign against domestic violence — hopes to change the culture that drives and perpetuates early marriage to replace it with one where the lives, rights and personhood of girls is valued. Worldwide, 60 million girls become child brides every year, of which around 30 million belong to South Asia alone.


    '140 million child brides by 2020 likely'


    According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), if the trends continue between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, of which at least 18.5 million will be under the age of 15.


    Breakthrough vice-president Sonali Khan said, "This issue came up when we were working with communities in Bihar and Jharkhand. Under-age girls are incapable of negotiating domestic violence, are deprived of early health and reproductive rights. This later has implications on child and maternal mortality."


    According to the NGO's data, the trend is worse in rural areas. In Jharkhand, 71% of girls in rural areas were married before 18 years compared to 33% in urban areas. In Bihar, 65.2% of girls were married before 18 years compared to 37% in urban areas.


    Breakthrough is working with communities where the average age of marriage ranges between 15.1 and 16.4 and cohabitation also happens before the girl is 17. "Our on-?eld trainings that began in April 2013 have witnessed an average participation of 200 middle and high school level students per session. We have targeted fathers or male members of the family who usually make the decision for the young girl. But it is a slow process," Khan said.


    The NGO uses mobile vans, panchayats and folk theatre as medium to create communication tools
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Antediluvian mindset.

    What a ridiculous state of affairs we are doomed to lie with!

    Education alone is the sole emancipation!
     
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    That is totally sick behavior. I have never understand why a developing country would continue such behavior. You will never be civilized if you exploit weaker members of society.
     
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    Though I abhor such behaviour and find it disgusting and sick, I find it even more hilarious that a Paki has taken time to post this article.

    1) A country which is consistently for the past God knows how many years been languishing in the failed state index.

    2) A country that has no sovereignty over its territory when a foreign power uses drones to kill civilians and all they can do is cry and whine.

    3) A country which sees at the very least one terrorist activity a day, killing its citizens with impunity. (which is a good thing, I guess, the less Pakis in this world, the better).

    4) A country whose people are so deluded that they actually think they are Arabs but can't speak a word of Arabic, while people of Paki origin who live in Arab states are treated worse than dogs.

    5) A country whose people hate their "big, bad Eastern neighbour" but can't do without their movies, food, music.

    6) A country whose people use the Indian numeral system on a daily basis but shout from rooftops that they hate this country and what not.

    7) A country which cannot provide basic healthcare facilities to its people which forces them to come to evil India for availing of medical treatment,

    8) A country whose cricket players started whining like little girls when they were not chosen to play in the IPL, which is a domestic tournament.

    9) A country which can't provide adequate security to the cricket players of a country which they claim are their best friends.

    10) A country where rape is a rampant occurrence but they would still point the fingers at others as if their society is free from such evil.

    11) A country which can't even provide access to electricity to its people and resort to begging for electricity from "evil Indians".

    12) A country which can't produce a single locomotive and resort to begging for the same from, you guessed it, "evil Indians".

    13) A country of 180 million miscreants who are a bane on this world, created to foment trouble all over the world.

    14) A country which is at the forefront of global terrorism where every man, woman and child is a potential terrorist.
     
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    No. I dont think so. I know a person who is highely placed in Indian Railways (He is Engineer and holds divisional level post) got his son married with 16/17 YO girl. His son is 26/27 and he is an MBA. so he could take his own decision but didnt as they dont have a say in family matters. Only Father can decide mentality...
     
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    india has 1/6 th world population.so high chance of having more child brides..
    its the custom here,even if it is not admirable.
     
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    So, what does the mean?

    The father is correct and the boy has no social awareness?

    Haven't understood!
     
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    Its got nothing to do with amount of people
    In a country. Its got to do with moving from a culture developing from a second world country to a first world country. And removing unacceptable practice is the step to achieve a higher civilization
     
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    Why could the son not wait until she was an adult?
    Here in new Zealand u can marry a underage person, but society has not accepted that practice and thank God it rarely happens.
     
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    Lol! What?
     

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