Child Marriage

June 16, 2017
The WhatsApp and Facebook groups to prevent child marriages hold regular awareness meetings. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Facebook, WhatsApp curbing child marriages in Assam

At a time when social media is being used to spread lies and malicious rumors, a group of young people in Assam are using WhatsApp and Facebook groups to prevent child marriages in the underdeveloped district of Darrang

June 14, 2017
Keeping girls in school is an important way to push back underage marriages. (Photo by Eric Parker)

Custom of child marriages must be fought on multiple fronts

There is no silver bullet to defeat the scourge of underage marriages. Rather, it is important to extend the scope of current interventions among adolescents and the communities they grow up in, which then need to be backed up by suitable government policies

June 12, 2017
Village girls in Bihar have started playing football to fight against child marriage. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Girls join football clubs to resist child marriages in rural Bihar

Once topping the charts in child marriages in the country, Bihar has reduced the incidence of this social evil considerably, helped by innovative interventions such as starting girls clubs for solidarity and encouraging them to play football

April 26, 2017
Suman of Jaisalsar village refused to be married off as a child. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Jaisalsar in Bikaner banishes child marriage from its homes

The villages in the desert of Rajasthan are notorious for child brides but groups of girls are now banding together to defy and upturn a long held tradition to assure a new and better future for themselves

April 24, 2017
The pensive look of Devati Durua asks many questions. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Interventions to stop child marriages raise hopes in Odisha

The practice of underage marriage is acute in the tribal-dominated southern and southwestern parts of Odisha, but interventions on the ground are planting the seeds of change among adolescent girls and their parents

April 21, 2017
Child marriages are prevalent in many parts of India. (Photo by Naga Rick)

Breaking the norm of child marriage an uphill task in Uttar Pradesh

A detailed baseline study conducted in seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh shows that underage marriages are still widely prevalent, particularly in disadvantaged communities, and this practice holds back girls from realizing their full potential

April 19, 2017
Young girls of Shivali village in Mokhada are saying no to an early marriage. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Palghar tribal village says no to child marriages

Despite a long-held tradition of marrying off girls once they reach 15 years of age, a tribal village in the underdeveloped area of Maharashtra has stopped the ill-advised practice of child marriage for the past two years