Child marriage, pregnancy still concern India: study

Child marriage, pregnancy still concern India: study
Child marriage and teenage pregnancy continue to be a major concern in India. A latest research by a non-profit organisation shows that 28% of girls in India married before the age of 18 and 59 % of the married young girls had their first child by the age of 19.

In a sharp contrast, just 1% of the boys were married before the age of 18, according to a research conducted by the Young Lives India and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) in collaboration with the International Center for Research on Women.

The findings were released on Tuesday here at an event followed by threadbare discussions by eminent experts, academicians and policy makers on how to deal with the problem of early marriage and teenage pregnancy in India. National Council of Protection of Child Rights chairperson Stuti Kacker unveiled two working papers—Factors Shaping Trajectories to Child & Early Marriage and Social Determinants of Early Marriage & Teenage Pregnancy.

A policy brief, titled, Tackling Child Marriage and Early Childbirth in India: lessons from Young Lives, was also released at the event.

The research findings not only highlighted the plight of the teenage girls being made to start a conjugal life and bear children at an early stage of physical and mental growth but also noted how early marriage have also deprived them of their right to education and literacy. 

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