Who Cares for Child Marriages?


  Akha Teej or Akhsya Tritya is a time of rejoicing in Rajasthan. This is the most auspicious day for marriage. On this day practically everywhere in western Rajasthan, Bikaner, Tonk, Jhalwar, Jodhpur, and Jaiselmer, marriages are performed en masse. Every street, house, tractor and even buses seem to reverberate with music and the cackle of gorgeously dressed marriage guests. Child marriages are common in Rajasthan. The child brides or grooms may not understand the solemnity of these ceremonies, but for the elders it is the safest and most tested way of keeping property and money within the family. Innocent children become pawns in family businesses. The malaise is so deep rooted that mere vocal condemnation of the practice won't do. What is needed is consistent and planned campaign against child marriages (Extract).

Pioneer. 29 Jan 1999.p.10.

Shobha Saxena



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