(English) One in every three child brides: Report

Image: NMF/file
Image: NMF/file

KATHMANDU, Nepal–Nepal is among the top 10 countries with highest rates of child marriage, in which One in every three child are brides, according to a United Nations report.

A report titled ‘Ending Child Marriage — Progress and Prospects’ which was released by the UNICEF during the ongoing first ever ‘Girl Summit’ in London, highlighted that Nepal has the ninth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child brides living in the country.

The report said that one in every three children are married before their 15th birthday.
“In Nepal, for example, over one third of women aged 20 to 24 who married before their 15th birthday had three or more children compared to one per cent of women who married as adults. Child brides are also less likely to receive proper medical care while pregnant,” said the report.

Nearly 18 per cent of women aged 20 to 49 years were married before age of 15 while about 34 per cent of women were married or in union after age 15 but before they turned 18 in Nepal, according to the report.
“This, along with the fact that girls are not physically mature enough to give birth, places both mothers and their babies at risk.”
The report further said that nearly 36 per cent of women aged 20 to 24 years have had three or more children as they wed before age 15 in Nepal.

Niger, Bangladesh, Chad, Mali, Central African Republic, India, Guinea, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nepal are the top 10 countries with the highest rates of child marriage respectively, the UN children’s agency said in its report.

The Girl Summit jointly organised by the UK government and UNICEF aims to tackle female genital mutilation and child marriage as UNICEF predicted there could be 280 million girls who are compelled to be brides before 18.

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