Daily Digest 1/14-16/18


Police told to book man for marrying child

ISLAMABAD: A magistrate has ordered police to take action against a man who allegedly married an underage girl after her conversion to Islam. The 14-year-old girl* has been staying in a government shelter (Darul Amaa) since December 12, 2017. Parents say the girl, who as per the NADRA record is …

Princess Mabel’s Girls Not Brides awarded Geuzen Medal

Princess Mabel said of the difference between marrying out of choice and forced child marriage, “What do you remember of your own wedding day? What was the happiness that day? Love? Dancing with friends and family? Or was your wedding day the day that you were supposed to be in school?

Oboli is tired and needs a break

While Wives On Strike is a thumbs down on Child Marriage, Wives on Strike: The Revolution is a damning and shaming of the perpetrators of Domestic Violence. It is to this actress, scriptwriter and director’s credit that she deploys her significant platform to call attention to these dastardly ills. But whereas …

This New Year, Pledge to Save Children from Atrocities

The effort has been largely successful – children supported by PRATYeK have taken a stand against and stopped child marriage in a community, advocated with the government for the construction of toilets and lots more. But this project is slated to become big and include more parts of Delhi.


The West African country of Niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world. This tradition jeopardises the future …. She travels across the country on behalf of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as an ambassador in the fight against child marriage. When I found out that I had passed …

Rural municipality launches campaign to end child marriage

Stakeholders and locals at a program organized by the rural municipality on Saturday agreed to abolish child marriage in their villages. Parents assured not to spoil the future of their children by arranging their marriages at tender age. Many of them even admitted that child marriage has not just harmed …

‘People’s support must to end child marriage

RANCHI: As per the data of the 4th National Family Health Survey, Jharkhand figures in the top three states plagued by the curse of child marriage including Bihar and West Bengal with 38% of the total marriages in the state involving an under-age spouse. Not less than 27 lakh child marriages has taken ..

15 NGOs join forces to prevent child marriage

PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: About 15 social welfare organizations, including Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP), Nirman Sanstha, Janvadi Sanghatna, Chetana Mahila Vikas, Santulan, and the Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti, have joined hands to prevent child marriage. Minor girls are …

NGO stalls child marriage, faces backlash by mob

Kolkata: The office of an NGO in Rajabazar was ransacked after its members stalled a child marriage in the area on Sunday afternoon. The mob also allegedly abused and threatened a young woman, who heads the NGO. An FIR has been lodged against the mob by Shahina Javed, who founded ..

Child marriage still a blot on Odisha

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha has many dubious distinctions to its credit and childmarriage is one that has been persistent. It ranks 13th among states with 21.3 per cent child marriages. West Bengal tops the list of highest number of child marriages with 40.7 pc, followed by Bihar with 39.1 pc. What has left ..

Beyond Padmavati: How Chittor’s Young Child Brides Brave the Odds

In 1992, Bhanwari Devi was gangraped in Bhateri village, only 50 km away from the state’s capital Jaipur, for educating other women about the perils of childmarriage. Devi was working as a Saathin (friend) of the Rajasthan government’s Women’s Development Programme. She was to go from …

Women-friendly spaces offer safe haven for Congolese refugees in Angola

There are also concerns about child marriage – which was widespread even before the crisis – become a coping mechanism among increasingly vulnerable families. “There is a need for more dedicated activities for youth in the settlement, to prevent youth from falling into drugs or transactional sex, and ..

Five laws Indian women need as urgently as a ban on triple talaq

Same minimum age of marriage: The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act of 2006 outlaws child marriages – where the a boy is under 21 years of age or the girl, under 18. The committee recommended that the minimum age be made the same. “Child marriage is not just a social norm but denial of childhood …

Five Laws Indian Women Need as Urgently as Triple Talaq Ban

Child marriage is not just a social norm but denial of childhood with irreversible consequences, especially for girls,” the report said. Underage marriages, especially of girls, are rising in urban India and declining in rural India. Criminalize khaps ordering honor killings: “Unequal economic, social and …


Open Plan Volume 3 | Issue 1 | January 2018

The third report is an investigative and explorative study into the experiences of children in Nepal with disabilities, and their conversance with forced and self-initiated child marriage. An extensive study comprised of two main research phases, it creates both a broad yet detailed overview of previous …

National Commission on Status of Women striving to promote gender equality

The commission held a consultation to raise awareness on the adverse effects of child marriage and to adopted a Regional Action Plan (RAP) to End ChildMarriage in South Asia (2015-2018). In response to the rising number of complaints on violence against women, the commission held a stakeholder …

NH Lawmakers Will Again Tackle Child Marriage Laws

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire lawmakers are again considering changing the age at which residents can marry. Existing law allows girls to get married at 13 and boys at 14 if they have court and parental approval. The House indefinitely postponed action last year on a bill to raise the …

Somaliland to introduce bill to outlaw sexual assault and stop rapists marrying victims

Somaliland has introduced a bill to outlaw rape and violent sexual crimes in the first piece of legislation to address gender based violence in the country’s history. The bill could see rapists imprisoned for up to 30 years and would criminalise rape, gang rape, sexual assault, child marriage and trafficking.

Love Child: Behind the Rise in Cambodia’s Teen Pregnancy Rates

But she wasn’t forced by her family to marry an older man, like she might have been in other countries where child marriage is also prevalent. Pov says she married because she was “in love,” and the couple had to convince their parents to allow them to wed – a request that village chief Pheng Hai says …

Open Plan Volume 3 | Issue 1 | January 2018

Seeking to bring you research from across the organisation, this edition of OPENPlan has a strong focus on gender, particularly covering the complex, interrelated issues of gender discrimination in both education and child marriage. The first article summarises a research report looking at gendered …

Development with justice not possible without eradication of social evils: Nitish

Development with justice not possible without eradication of social evils: Nitish. Gaya, Jan 16 (UNI) Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today asserted that objective of development with justice could not be achieved until social evils like dowry and child marriage were eradicated. Addressing a public meeting at …

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