STANDING UP TO CHILD MARRIAGE IN INDIA

from Children in Crisis

by World Vision Singapore

Child marriage in India


“As soon as a girl is born, you think about her dowry; society thinks girls are a burden,” says Solenka, a child bride at 20 and now a mother of two daughters.


One in three of the world’s child brides live in India, with 102 million of the country’s child brides married before the age of 15 (UNICEF, 2019). Females who are illiterate and unskilled are seen as burdens in poor families and treated as commodities. In areas like Chennai, displaced communities forced to relocate from various parts of city have lost their livelihoods – pushing these families dangerously below the poverty line.


Girls who are married off young are more vulnerable to abuse and early pregnancy, and lose opportunities to go to school, perpetuating poverty and child marriage cycles for generations.


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