According to the Annual Health Survey 2012-13, Jharkhand ranks third after Rajasthan and Bihar as far as child marriages are concerned. As many as 51.8% girls are married off before they turn 18 every year.
This tribal girl’s resistance to a marital relationship being foisted on her has come as an inspiration to many other minors from rural Jharkhand, a state that has long suffered from the malady of child marriage.
Fourteen-year-old Durga (name changed) made a daring escape from her pre-wedding ceremony at Karamtoli in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, and ran to the nearest police station for help. Local law-enforcement officers and members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) immediately got her marriage with a middle-aged man cancelled.
“I told my parents that I want to study, but they paid no attention to me. I had no option but to escape and seek police help,” said Durga.
“This is a critical and long overdue overhaul of Kentucky’s minimum marriage age laws, which haven’t been amended for 20 years,” said Jeanne Smoot, senior counsel for policy and strategy at the Tahirih Justice Center, a group that advocates against child marriage.
NHRC member SC Sinha said that child marriage is a serious violation of human rights. “Protection of childhood security and children’s dignity is one of the pressing concerns of the world today. To end child marriage we have to create awareness among the people and explain them its ill effects. Parents …
Bhubaneswar: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked governments in eastern states to adopt “zero tolerance” policy to curb the social menace of child marriage. It has advised strict enforcement of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.
ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — State Sen. Berta Gardner says Alaska’s marriage law allows children to be married too young and should be changed to ensure that no one under 18 — or 16 if the child is emancipated — can wed. In announcing her legislation, Gardner said that child marriage isn’t a big a big problem in Alaska, but could be under current law which allows a child as young as 14 to be married if a judge agrees. A parent of a 16 year old can also give consent to marriage.
Senator Adams partnered with Donna Pollard, a Kentucky child marriage survivor and Founder of Survivors’ Corner, and the Tahirih Justice Center to draft the legislation. “If you want to prevent the cycles of poverty, domestic violence, and sexual abuse, this bill does that. And if you want to promote the …
It ranked Malawi 8th out of 20 countries thought to have the highest child-marriage rates in the world. Last year, Malawi’s parliament passed a law forbidding marriage before the age of 18. But under the customary law of the traditional authorities, and the constitution
We’ve said it before, and will say it again: black women are undefeated. Often the driving force behind significant movements, when a black woman wants something done … she gets it done. Case in point: Theresa Kachindamoto, a woman who became senior chief of the Dezda District in Malawi.