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    An estimated 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020 . Girls who marry before age 18 are typically denied an education, at risk of complications related to premature childbearing, and more vulnerable to intimate partner violence.

    Darshini Suresh
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    In India a girl is made to marry an adult man and I feel because of this sin, many girls go throughout domestic violence inside their houses. I feel this is the root cause.
    Early marriage causes the girl to be forced to conceive due to societial pressure. They are forced to prove their fertility as soon as they are married at a very young age. This can lead to many maternal health issues too. A young girl with minimal or no education who us raised to be submissive and subservient and gets married to an older man, has high chances to negotiate sexual activity.This behavior may end up unto many health complications for the girl.
    Due to not having knowledge about the puberty and bodily changes, it becomee very hard for a girl to go through pregnancy changes. She may go through physical pain which she wasn’t even aware offoff during sexual intercourse at a very early age, which may result in psychological Immaturity if their sexual organs.
    Today even though child marriage is a crime, many families still follow this crime and yet no one talks about it. There need to be change made in the thinking of such peoplepeople. Only mere legislation is not going to bring about change.Support from society is all needed.

    shilpagladwins
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    A formal marriage or union entered into by an individual before reaching the prescribed eligible age is referred to as child marriage. It can be considered forced marriage because children are not of an age to make such an important decision as marriage.

    Child marriage occurs frequently as a result of poverty, political or financial reasons, lack of education, gender equality, patriarchy, and other factors. Child marriage affects both girls and boys, but it should be noted that it disproportionately affects girls. The fact that there are more female child brides speaks volumes about how women are perceived in society. They don’t have a lot of worth or a position.

    Childhood is supposed to be a time when children can be carefree and play to their hearts’ content. A marriage is a huge responsibility that even some adults struggle with. Child marriage removes the child from the innocent, pure, and fairytale-like bubble in which they are raised. It infringes on children’s rights and even puts them in a position where they can be exploited due to their lack of maturity. They could be sexually exploited and have no idea.

    When a girl is married off, she is frequently denied education, which puts her at a disadvantage. She would be unaware of her rights, and it would not be a stretch to say she would be misused. A girl would be told that having sexual relations with her much older husband is normal. Her consent is disregarded. She may also be subjected to other forms of abuse, and she will be unable to see how she is being exploited. She would be forced to carry a child and have multiple children, despite the fact that she may not be physically or emotionally mature enough for it.

    Even boys who are forced into child marriages could face complications in their life, mentally and physically.

    Child marriage has numerous disadvantages. Children are thrust into a world of responsibility that is far beyond their comprehension. They are stripped of their innocence and are expected to look after a family
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    Despite declining rates of child marriage, it still exists in some parts of the world. It is estimated that it will take years to completely eradicate child marriage. Child marriage is a curse that must be obliterated.

    DISHA SAPKALE
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    Child marriage mostly happen in villages because people of villages don’t belief that women should get educated and become independent. They wait how fast their child grow and get them married because of that child gets suffered from many things at very small age. At that age they not even get prepared to take there own decisions and they don’t have that much of maturity about certain things after Marriage. Child marriage should strictly restricted and has to take strictly actions against if somewhere it happening. Because it is not at all good that at the age of playing and having fun with friends, making there dreams come true working hard for there career life experiences at that age marriage is happening it is very wrong. People of village has to understand that child marriage is very wrong and they reunion there own children life. In that also dowry happens in child marriage. Today even Child marriage is very wrong but then also no one highlight that topic or keep in news to get people know that child marriage is happening and that should be get support of society to finish this and no child marriage should happen in villages also small children goes through many problems even violence also then also their child suffer from that because they had taught from very small that they has to sacrifice. They has to listen whatever he says because they don’t have enough maturity that they has to take there own decisions and stand for themselves. Because of such people child marriage is increasing and poverty takes place. People should understand that marriage is huge responsibility. In mostly cases in villages we see that if they get married they ruse to education. And mainly that little children are not aware about there rights. There should be end of child marriage.

    Yash Tiwari
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    Child marriage is a human rights violation that robs children of their childhood and denies them their basic right to education. Education, in turn, facilitates their empowerment and has lasting positive effects on global health, poverty, hunger, the environment, and other global challenges. Children denied an education face dire consequences such as child exploitation, domestic violence, and lifelong poverty. Child marriage has long-lasting consequences for girls, as they often miss out on opportunities to go to school and take part in other essential parts of childhood and adolescence. It also means they are likely to have children early and more frequently than if they hadn’t been married at a young age. For these reasons, child marriage is a key factor that perpetuates extreme poverty in some countries.

    Child marriage is a global problem: the chance that a girl will be married as a child increases with how poor her family is, and where she lives in the world. One in nine of girls is married before 15. Child marriage is a violation of human rights. It can have devastating consequences for the lives of young women and their children. It can trap them in a cycle of poverty, from which it is very difficult to escape and place their health, safety, and education at risk. Child marriage violates their right to decide the way they live and has been recognized as a major contributor to female illiteracy, poverty, maternal mortality, and other harmful practices such as early motherhood and female genital mutilation (FGM).

    Child marriage is an institution, commonly defined as a marriage where one or both spouses are under eighteen. Journeys to Change defines child marriage as forced marriage, based on the idea that no child has the maturity to make such a life-altering decision on their own. They marry simply because they have been unable to resist the will of others who want them to marry. It is clear then that marriages between minors from their perspective cannot be considered free and voluntary, lacking legal recognition cannot be considered equal. Almost every country in the world has a legal framework for marriage, defined by civil law and/or religious tradition. In June 2014, international human rights experts confirmed that child marriage constitutes a human rights violation, explaining that it represents ‘an unacceptable and immoral practice that seriously harms the health of women, children, and adolescents.’ (Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Child Marriage, UN General Assembly Office of the High Commissioner).

    The good news is that child marriage is preventable. In certain situations, parents are convinced — or convinced themselves — that a child will be better off if they marry young. And they also believe that these marriages will last. If we can intervene in those cases, providing alternate ways for families to meet their needs and protecting girls, we can change these communities’ practice of child marriage from the bottom up. Girls not Bride honors the agency and power of girls to change their own lives for the better. It recognizes that often this is best done in collaboration with others—their families, communities, peers, and development agencies. To end child marriage, we all need to think about what true success looks like for girls, respect their choices, and support them as they try to realize their aspirations.

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    Child Marriage is not a new thing. It has been going on for years. Unfortunately it is still going on in certain areas but the cases are significantly less. The words ‘child’ and ‘marriage’ should not and should never be together in the same sentence. When you are a child, that’s what you are. Children deserve the bare minimum, which is a good and normal childhood. Children should not worry about taking care of their family at such a young age.
    Although the age for minors getting married has increased, it certainly has to stop. Minors can not consent. Many people take advantage of this and do as they wish.
    As a result, the abuse cases increase. The parents should have sense but I doubt it since they themselves consented to it. Usually this happens due to poverty.
    People need to understand that these are the growing years, and it will impact the child a lot. It often results in stress, depression, abuse and premature childbearing. It will affect the people around them.
    Only if people understood that children are children and that they can’t make decisions on behalf of them, will the world be a better place.

    Apoorva Pathak
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    Child marriage is the worst ceremony in India. It is still prevalent In some areas of the country. This marriage not only affect girl child but also boy and there future family i.e their kids. This marriage is generally performed to settle down girl child as early they can and now parents don’t have the burden on their parents. It not only harms mental health but also physically as well as socio-economic problems in women’s life.
    Albeit there are many laws and regulations regarding child marriage still many families are practising this ritual. The main cause of this ritual is illiteracy and poverty. When families are poor and have many girl children they marry her early so that they don’t have burden anymore and they are free from her education and health in puberty. But is this going to help? Are those girls going to live happily after marriage? The answer is usually NO.
    There many ill effects of child marriage such as early pregnancy which some become dangerous for women to bear the child at such a small age and she dies or if she bears child her child might die because of malnutrition, there will be no child planning this ultimately lead to poverty and population exposure, domestic violence as that girl will be depended on boy financially as she is not educated she will be exploited every day and many more evil things. But is right are girls don’t have right to live there life.
    Ban on child marriage was the main topic during the British regime in India but still, there was no improvement. After that when India got independent and after the enactment of laws regarding child marriage, we don’t see a fall in the cases. these cases can only be eliminated after we educate our country people providing financial aids.
    Hope these will be the change in upcoming years and we able to say that we have zero child marriage cases in India.

    nehachitroda
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    Marriages are considered to be when two people have that understanding and acceptability and so it can be a valid one when both are matured. But if one is less matured and the other is more then it leads to problems and the lives of both are neglected. Child marriages are like these, where one of gender i.e., female, a minor and is married to an elder or aged person than her. It happens to be very old age thought of a society to marry a girl before her age or as soon as she completes basic education.
    The legal age for marriage for women is 18 and for men is 21 but many rural areas are violating these legal things and making their child marry at an early age. It is also seen today also, in some rural areas in spite of acts and laws, society does what they feel right for them, but the life of children is at stake when they are forced into doing marriage. India has the highest number of cases of child marriages and it is also observed that not at age of 18 but at the age of less than 18, girls are married off.
    Many think they are a burden on the family and there’s no need to give her higher education because after all they have to be at home after marriage and making them study more is a burden and a waste of resources. There are acts and laws for the prevention of child marriage, Child Marriage Restraint Act, Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, but many are violating these and still, child marriages are taken up by them.
    There are government schemes and many NGOs are creating awareness regarding child marriage and their issues and how it affects young minds and it makes them and their future miserable.

    Shubhangini Shaktawat
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    Child Marriage
    The Indian Government accepts 18 years for girls and 21 years for boys as the minimum legal age requirement to get married. Any marriage that does not adhere to the minimum age limits is considered child marriage. The term ‘child’ itself tells us about it. In India, the practice of child marriage was abolished in the year of 1929, although after that the minimum age limit for girls was set to 14 which is still very young. Post this, many reformers and social activists like Raja Ram Mohan Roy criticized this practice during the British rule but it is still prevalent in certain rural and socially backward areas of the country.
    Child marriage affects both the partners but definitely affects the bride more adversely as compared to the groom. Getting married as a child for a girl equals to remaining uneducated, no schooling or further studies, obviously no job because one isn’t educated enough and one’s in laws also would not permit for the same, a very high risk of pregnancy related issues due to bearing a child at a very young age, hence no independence and no freedom or liberty in life’s decisions. Another very harmful after-effect of child marriage nowadays is the high probability of girls becoming victims of marital rape or domestic violence.
    Firstly, why is a girl’s legal age for marriage as low as 18 and for boys, as high as 21. The discrimination against women can be seen starting right from here. Just to provide fuel to the society’s misogynistic stereotypes that makes one feel that the bride should always be younger to the bridegroom; one spoils the entire life of the woman concerned. On top of that, those young girls who do not even know what life is going to be like after getting married, are completely oblivious of the fact that they will never be able to live life on their own terms, or fulfill their dreams and ambitions. The worst part is, their parents push them into this deep grave, despite knowing the consequences. The usual outcome is known by all; multiple unhealthy and diseased offsprings, negligible income of the family, just one woman looking after the household, lack of basic amenities, no education or information on health and hygiene, poor standard of living, or in the worst cases even homicide or suicide. Hence, we must now put a strict stop to this otherwise the anyway discriminate sex ratio will stoop down to deep levels.
    A woman myself,
    Shubhangini Shaktawat

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    A child marriage is heinous crime to do. Both the partners involved suffer a lot due to the un awareness about the concept of marriage. Majoritaly it is girls who are bound in an early marriage. Girls losses their innocence and the sense of carefree attitude fades away from a child marriage. It affects an innumerable aspect of girls which are difficult to deal with at such an early age.
    Child marriage intervene rights of child and set them at danger of violence, abuse,harassment and mental illness. India has a huge number of brides who are underage to get married. Due to the economic and social conditions people are forced to marry their daughter at young age somewhere it is an old culture to marry a child as a bunch of social expectations.
    Girls are typically embedded in Mental Health issues due to the lack of education and understanding about the marriage domestic violence is the part of the marriage, and they think it is normal to have domestic violence in marriage because of the upbringing they have been brought up at their homes. Early pregnancy issues is also a problem which girls face due to the early marriage, and they end up losing that child in a miscarriage or abortions.
    People should be educated more about the consequences of the child marriage Marrying your daughter is not a solution for the poverty, unemployment or the pressure of social norms presented by a society. A rich old man doesn’t guarantee a good future and perfect partner for your teenage girl. Stand in solitary with your daughters and help them to make a career so that they cannot be a part of child marriage. Make them educated and confident lady rather than a victim of child marriage.
    A child’s future is destroyed, and they end up being losers in their life. They are not even a contributor to the community economically.
    We need to impose stricter actions and prohibitions to ban child marriage.

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