Child marriage is a matter of concern in many societies, and many tribes, and many countries even today. Ideally the marriageable age across most of the countries which is defined by law is 18, wherein the individual gets physically and mentally fit to understand his rights and duties However, it is a pity that many countries of the world don’t follow these guidelines of the marriageable age to be 18 years.
This is an evil widely existing in Western and Sub-Saharan Africa, and South East Asia. There are several factors like poverty, education, health, violence, and religion behind this evil. As per the reports of the International Center for Research on Women, one third of the world’s girls are married before 18, and 1 in 9 are married before 15. Now this is an alarming figure.
Reports reveal that there are 5 times more chances of girls younger than 15 years to die in childbirth, than the women in their 20s. Also, sexual abuse and post traumatic stress like depression and helplessness are the most common results which the child brides face. Girls opting for higher education are less likely to marry young.
The list below shows more than half the girls in 9 of the top 10 countries are being married before the age of 18.
Malawi – 48% of girls married before 18
South Sudan – 52% of girls married before 18
Burkina Faso – 52% of girls married before 18
Mali – 55% of girls married before 18
Mozambique – 56% of girls married before 18
Guinea – 63% of girls married before 18
Bangladesh – 66% of girls married before 18
Central African Republic – 68% of girls married before 18
Chad – 68% of girls married before 18
Niger – 75% of girls married before 18