A Study on” Child Marriage in India: Situational Analysis in Three States


  Child marriage is a practice which is one of the most serious social maladies affecting the lives and future of India’s youth. The study was done to access the prevalence and incidence of child marriages and analyze the various socio-economic and cultural factors leading to child marriage. Data was collected from 2 selected districts each of the 3 states, namely Rajasthan (Tonk and Jaipur), Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi and Meerut), and Madhya Pradesh (Shajapur and Bhopal) where incidence of child marriage was high according to NFHS-2 data.   In the present scenario, though several people interviewed were aware about the law against child marriages, due to lack of enforcement and political will, they continue to follow the practice. Only when the law is made strict and strong action is taken against those who continue to practice child marriages, can the menace be tackled. Also, all stakeholders, community members, panchayat members, etc. should be sensitized and convinced about the negative impact of child marriage on children, and about protecting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and young women through awareness generation programmes.


Ministry of Women and Child Development Government of India, New Delhi



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