Child marriage shows declining trend effectively by 20.4%
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 04-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 4: Somewhere, some how Indians lacked to walk on the demand of time. But ‘where there is a will, there is a way’ as the central government has taken several effective initiatives to stop child marriage and has also succeeded in it. Notably, child marriage is declining in our country effectively. 

The Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Krishna Raj in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Thursday informed that as per census 2011, the percentage of child marriage in 2011 is 31.6% which was 52 % in 2001 which shows a decreasing trend.

“As per National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4(2015-16), the percentage of Women age 15-19 years who were already mothers or pregnant is 6.3% which was 16% in National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-3(2005-06),” Minister Krishna Raj added.

The Minister also noted that the Government of India has enacted the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 in order to prohibit child marriages rather than only restraining them. The States/UTs from time to time are being regularly pursued effective implementation of the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006.

“The practice of Child Marriages is a social evil promoted by social customs, tradition, illiteracy, poverty, low status of women in society and lack of awareness. The government also undertakes media campaigns and outreach programmes to address this,” Minister Raj concluded.