Importance Of Child Marriage Essay

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Good morning members of CARE India. My name is Jethro and I am representing a few of my fellow concerned social workers. But first, let me ask a simple question. Do you think it is alright for children to be married at such a young age? Yes, you are correct and this leads to the issue I will be covering today which is how we can protect children in India form child marriage. According to International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) Child marriage in India is one of the highest in the world with a percentage of 47%, which is almost half! So, why is there many cases of child marriage in India? Let me talk about the two major causes which are common in other countries as well, which are stated by Girlsnotbrides organisation. The first reason…show more content…
This is because for poor families, marrying their daughters off early is one method of survival as there is one less person to feed, clothe and educate. Also, in countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal as well as India, people believe that the dowry paid to marry their daughter off is lower when their daughters are young thus enabling them to save some money. As a result of this issue, what are some of the impacts? Let me first talk on the social impact. Child marriage results in increased in maternal and infant health risk. Based from Girlsnotbrides, girls under the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to die in childbirth as compared to woman aged 20-24. Also, if the mother is under 20, her baby is more vulnerable to death within the first week compared to a baby born to a mother in her 20s.Therefore, not only does child marriage affect the mother who is a young girl, but her child is affected also. Child marriage also results in lower education rate. This is because when there are child marriages, girls are typically forced to drop out of school denying them their rights of receiving full education. As a result, it is no surprise that according to an article from Brookings Institute, 43% of children drop out before completing upper primary education and 42% of students completing secondary school

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