Child Brides

September 15, 2011 by Peace Poet  
Published in Marriage

Though child marriages are prohibited in India, yet we find that most of the women living in villages are married in their teenage. This early marriage has often resulted in disasters for the whole family.

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Though child marriages are prohibited in India, yet we find that most of the women living in villages are married in their teenage. This early marriage has often resulted in disasters for the whole family. A vast majority of the married girls has to face very heavy responsibilities of motherhood even before they are 20. The result of these teen marriages is that most of the born babies never have sound health, and always suffer from one disease or another.

The UNICEF’s World’s Children Report 2009 gives very shocking facts about early marriages. Premature pregnancy and motherhood are an inevitable consequence of child marriage. Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die during pregnancy and childbirth than women in their 20s.Besides the high Infant & Maternal Mortality Rates, child marriage is also a major factor responsible for the existence of gynecological problems amongst almost 92% of Indian women and problems related to nutrition amongst more than 80% of the women and children of this country.

The above report by the prestigious UNICEF is quite depressing. It is high time that the governments, NGO and other humanitarian aid-institutions took drastic steps to prevent this  social evil, so that our daughters are able to have a better and healthier life. Mary Robinson, the former President of India, and Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Laureate for Peace, wisely remark: “From Cameroon to India, communities, humanitarian aid organisations and women’s rights groups are pioneering efforts to encourage investment in girls and discourage child marriage. Over time, communities are beginning to question traditional practices and ask what can be done to improve the lives of their daughters.”

 

The main reason for this evil is that even in this globalized world, we refuse to disobey the old unhealthy customs and traditions. The greatest Victorian poet Tennyson rightly says that we should discard useless customs, as they will ‘corrupt’ the world. Tennyson  says in his following immortal lines:

 

The old order changeth, yielding place to new,

 And God fulfills himself in many ways,

Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.

In our globalized world, we should have no faith in this useless, and unhealthy custom of early marriages, as this has a very harmful impact both on the teenage wife, and the born child.

 The latest news published in the Hindu newspaper is shocking beyond words: “Every second girl in the high prevalence child marriage districts of  West Bengal were married off  before they reach 18, the legal age for girls to get wedded, a UNICEF report said. Murshidabad (61.04%), Birbhum (58.03%), Malda (56.07%) and Purulia (54.03%) are the districts having such dubious distinction, the report said quoting latest figures” (Sept10, 2011).

The above recent news published in the famous Hindu newspaper leaves no doubt in my mind that the early marriages have a very devastating impact, both on the teenage wife, and the born child.

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5 Responses to “Child Brides”
  1. Rosettaartist1 Says:

    interesting

  2. Dreamy777 Says:

    Wow so young and married it is a shame they have to suffer those health problems

  3. Dennis N OBrien Says:

    Absolutely agree with you that the bad customs of various cultures should be discarded.

  4. agrant10 Says:

    Thanks for exposing some light on this subject.

  5. tenraj Says:

    Great point..


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