As the reality unfolds, almost half of Indian women are coerced to marry, even before they turn 18, and a majority of them are repeatedly sexually abused by their husbands or even sold to the pimps later on. According to May 2013 study, mustered and published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, about 9000 married women were bought from Assam and West Bengal to supply into Haryana.
Child marriage is a massive human rights issue that has plagued countries across Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia.
The Best Defense
But of course, just like every cloud has a silver lining, the power of education proves to be a tactical weapon for shifting the marriageable age of young girls, eliminating gender gaps and curbing child marriage from the grass root levels. Along with other social injustices, like trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced labor. Since, families play a huge role in ensuring their girls go to school and enjoy a protected transition towards adulthood, they can’t be left behind. Along with the girls, their families need to be educated and involved in the solution. Awareness is the sole key to prolong the period of time a girl spends in school, and that needs to be practiced and promoted, mostly across the rural areas of India, where child marriage rates are still incredibly high.