And let us help those who are already married to lead more fulfilling lives.
All members of society will benefit when we let girls be girls, not brides." institution signifying a union between two adults and the beginning of their future together.
So young are some girls that they hold onto their toys during the wedding ceremony.
Usually these girls become mothers in their early teens, while they are still children themselves.
Child marriage is illegal in India, so ceremonies are often held in the wee hours of the morning.
It becomes a secret the whole village keeps, explained one farmer.
At the time of their marriage, when Destaye was age 11, she was still in school and her husband expressed interest in letting her continue her education. Laali, 15, isn’t sure but like her classmates in a rural part of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan, she is certain she doesn’t want to be a child bride. In India, where 47 percent of girls are married before the age of 18—56 percent in rural communities like the one these girls live in—stories like these are few and far between.
Child marriage robs girls of this chance." Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage.By 2020, 142 million innocent young girls worldwide will be separated from their friends and family, deprived of an education and put in harm’s way because of child marriage.Together, let us resolve to end the discrimination and poverty that perpetuate this harmful practice.“They used to laugh at me for going to school after marriage,” she said. Sumeena leaves her home to meet her groom, Prakash, 16.The harmful practice of child marriage is common in Nepal.