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Child marriages went up during Covid, Karnataka topped the list

Experts claim that the numbers are higher than what has been reported. Reason like poverty, illiteracy, superstition, a lack of knowledge about child marriage laws, a lack of interest in educating girl children, and traditional wishes are cited behind this large number of cases. 
In the year 2020-21, Karnataka saw a double increase in the number of child marriage cases.
In the year 2020-21, Karnataka saw a double increase in the number of child marriage cases.
Published on Mar 24, 2022 12:07 PM IST
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UN official warns of increasing child marriages in Afghanistan, calls for action

“I am deeply concerned by reports that child marriage in Afghanistan is on the rise. We have received credible reports of families offering daughters as young as 20 days old up for future marriage in return for a dowry,” executive director of UNICEF Henrietta Fore said.
Henrietta Fore said most teenage girls in the country were not allowed to go back to school and thus increasing the risk of child marriage.(UNICEF | Representational image)
Henrietta Fore said most teenage girls in the country were not allowed to go back to school and thus increasing the risk of child marriage.(UNICEF | Representational image)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 08:01 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Rajasthan passes bill to register child marriages, oppn calls it a black day

Rajasthan BJP legislators walked out of the House questioning the need for the registration of child marriages and demanded the withdrawal of the bill.
Rajasthan parliamentary affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal said that the amendment does not say that child marriages will be valid. (HT File Photo)
Rajasthan parliamentary affairs minister Shanti Dhariwal said that the amendment does not say that child marriages will be valid. (HT File Photo)
Published on Sep 18, 2021 09:18 AM IST
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By | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

UK to end legal loophole allowing child marriage, lift minimum age from 16 to 18

  • Britain set 16 as the minimum age in 1929 when living together out of wedlock was socially unacceptable but campaigners say most girls who marry under 18 nowadays are pressured into it by their families and that raising the minimum age would empower them to say no.
UK to end legal loophole allowing child marriage, lift minimum age from 16 to 18(Photo by King's Church International on Unsplash)
UK to end legal loophole allowing child marriage, lift minimum age from 16 to 18(Photo by King's Church International on Unsplash)
Updated on Jun 18, 2021 08:15 AM IST
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Thousands of child marriages in Canada spark concern over global leadership

Thousands of girls in Canada have been married before turning 18, warning that a rise in unofficial child marriages could make the practice harder to prevent and call into question the country's global leadership.
More than 3,600 marriage certificates were issued to under-18s - mainly girls married to men - in Canada between 2000 and 2018. (Unsplash)
More than 3,600 marriage certificates were issued to under-18s - mainly girls married to men - in Canada between 2000 and 2018. (Unsplash)
Published on Jan 12, 2021 07:33 PM IST
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