Yesterday, October 11, marks the International Day of the Girl Child. There are billions of girls brimming with talent and creativity. However, violence, discrimination and the lack of equal opportunities thwart the dreams and potential of many of them. Here’s our take on child marriage:
According to research, India has the highest number of child brides in the world. Almost 47% of girls in India are married before their 18th birthday. While fewer Indian girls are marrying before the age of 15, rates of marriage have increased for girls between the ages 15 and 18.
Marriage is supposed to represent the beginning of a beautiful journey, but our society has successfully turned it into a race, in which no girl wants to be left behind. The pressure to fulfill societal expectations often causes one to obsess over marriage, rather than allowing it to happen in its natural course of time.
It’s important to remember the girls who miss out on education and freedom because of child marriage. We must work together to tackle traditions and laws which prevent girls from finding their own path in life. With more young people on our planet than ever before, child marriage is a human rights violation that we must end to achieve a fairer future for all.
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