UNICEF – India – Defying the pressure to marry young in India

RAJASTHAN, India, 22 January 2010 – When Asu Kawar was 13-years-old, her community and family decided that she should be married to a man more than twice her age.

“At the age of fourteen, girls usually get married in the villages,” said Jedhu Singh, Asu’s uncle.

Even though it’s illegal, child marriage is common in rural areas of India such as Rajasthan, where the social and economic pressures to defy the law are immense. More than fifty per cent of girls are married by age 18.

via UNICEF – India – Defying the pressure to marry young in India.

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