Child Marriage in Nepal

Added by Super Admin |  13 November 2020

Child marriage is a serious social phenomena which affects millions of people across the world. It is a serious human rights violation affecting children's and women's rights to health, education, equality, and to live a life free from any kinds of violence. Globally, every year 15 million girls are married before the age of 18. Developing countries account for 7.3 million girls under the age of 18 giving birth every year. Out of them, girls under 15 constitute 2 million births. Child marriage still remains a serious social ill practice in Nepal and a cause of violation of their rights. Studies showed that nearly 29% of girls in between the age 15-19 year are found marrying. Approximately 10% of women aged 20-24 were married before age 15. Nepali boys are among the most likely in the world to be child grooms. More than one in ten is married before they reach 18.Child marriage is highly prevalent throughout the Terai region bordering India, as well as in the Far and Mid-Western regions. The tendency of forceful marriage by parent is decreasing while marriage by eloping is increasing in the recent years.

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