Good morning to the teachers and students present, today I am going to talk about child marriage. Marriage is viewed as a sacred connection between two consenting individuals who are prepared to accept one another and share obligations for the rest of their lives. Child marriages are an unhealthy institution in this situation. It is demonstrated by the fact that it is still widespread in India.
India has a long history of child marriages. They have existed since the Delhi Sultanate period when the monarchy system predominated. Indians utilized child marriage as a tool to defend women against rape and kidnapping by foreign tyrants. The elders’ desire to see the faces of the grandchildren was another societal justification for starting child marriages.
Once a girl is married, she feels compelled to move away from her family and live somewhere else. For a young girl, having enormous duties like becoming a mother and a daughter-in-law is too much.
In India, the Indian Constitution forbids child marriage through a number of laws and enactments. A marriage between a male who is between the ages of 18 and 21 and a female who is under the age of 18 is likely to result in jail. According to Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code, sexual intercourse with a minor is a criminal offense.
In order to hasten the process of putting an end to the pervasive practice of child marriages, UNICEF has partnered with NGOs and governmental organizations. Social houses for the victims of child marriage have been proposed by groups like CARPED and Childline. It is important to realize that the main things undermining the attempts to end the threat are poverty and illiteracy. Thank you.