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Afshan Iqbal
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It is estimated that each year, at least 1.5 million girls under 18 get married in India, which makes it home to the largest number of child brides in the world. Nearly 16 percent of adolescent girls aged 15-19 are currently married. Uttar Pradesh is home to the largest population of child brides, with 36 million. Earlier, in India girls have been considered a burden on parents. Parents used to give their girl child to marriage by shoving off their responsibility towards a girl child. I believe this is the worst that any parent can do with their child. So, by any means child marriage is a bane. Child marriage takes away the childhood of a girl. Her education is compromised and it kills a girl’s personal goals and passions. At the age when a girl should get educated and dream about her career, she is handed the responsibility of marriage and family building. Child marriage is a tragedy. It leads to the trafficking and sale of girls. Child marriage is a hurdle for physical growth and leads to mental as well as physical health problems. The children become child laborers for family maintenance. It locks children into often abusive relationships. The immature girl child is pushed into a family system and there is a risk of under-age pregnancy. Underage pregnancy leads to premature births which may result in infant mortality and the death of mothers. Child marriage has devastating consequences and it’s a curse for the girls who are made to be bound in a nuptial relationship at such an early age. There are laws against child marriage but it isn’t enough. Everyone especially the people in rural areas needs to understand that child marriage is a bane. It needs to be stopped and it can happen if each one of us educates people about the effects of early marriage on children. It’s the year 2022 but still, a girl under 18 is married somewhere in the world every two seconds. Child marriage is a bane for society and it will affect everyone so we need to make sure that it stops.