Written By Sahithi Divi ( Sustainable Development Goal 5 of UNDP 2030 Goal )
United Nation Population Fund , 140 million girls will become child brides by 2020 in india
Giving birth is a choice, being born is not. Once if a baby comes onto this planet, then it our individual responsibility to strengthen the social complexity for a girl surrounding her. A girl even without a right to vote can she be ready for forced sex and child bearing ? Every girl has been restricted from unlocking her place in the world saying ” The Society” will not accpet. Each of you reading this compiles of the society but you again draw boundaries for a girl saying some other set of families might not agree to your perception of living life.
Marriage is a very transformative phase of a person’s life. Although after the marriage takes place the complexity can occur from both the sides. Yet the age, person, child birth , continuation of education, pursuance of a career, personal choices are navigated by the family just for a ‘women’ mostly.
Isn’t it ?
When must a women get married and to whom ?
The answer is –
IT IS A WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHEN SHE WANTS TO GET MARRIED AND TO WHOM ! ALSO ILLEGAL TO PERFORM A CHILD MARRIAGE FOR A GIRL BELOW THE AGE OF 18 AND BOY BELOW 21 .
But as per the UNICEF report even today in India 27 % of the girls are married before the age of 18 , that is 1 out of 3 girls. India also has the highest number of child brides in the world which accounts to 15,509,000 girls.
Socio economic conditions being the major reason for the early marriage . Whom to marry is still decided by the
the parent / guardian / family, for which we do not have verified data. Whom a girl marries is the most important factor because personal accomplishment in such a socially complex environment is hard. There is a constant fight for self empowerment leading to the world never expiriencing her full potential. This is a serious loss to the country.
This concern arises because only 25 % of the graduate women are in the work force today.
The government is working up to provide various incentives / schemes to improvise the overall conditions for the vulnerable women. But I strongly commend that most of the human rights issues have to be addressed more from a personal level to attain the maximum impact. Cross polinating the education about women rights and creating awareness can be done by you.
In cities for example, your house help, watchman, driver, gardner etc. are the people facing the vulnerability. Some parents are adement due to lack of education, some are afraid about the security of their girl child, some are unable to afford the cost and most of them are deeply affected by the conclusions given by the so called community or society around them.
Give your voice and counsel as many people around you about the mental and health benefits for not only the girl but also which will reflect on the overall social health of the family. Educate and encourage girls to be able to speak about their preference of choice or make a choice about who they must marry.
AGE – You can click on the below link to read the Indian Laws –
PERSONAL RIGHTS OF CHOICE – You can click on the link below to read the Indian Laws
let us act now !
Written By Sahithi Divi
( stat source – http://legislative.gov.in/sites/default/files/A2007-06.pdf , https://yourstory.com/2016/06/laws-that-protect-women-rights ) ( child marriage image courtesy : https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/India-has-second-highest-number-of-child-marriages-Unicef/article11131187.ece , https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/mar/28/tripura-reports-second-highest-child-marriages-rate-in-india%E2%80%8B-1957202.html , https://www.freeonlineindia.in/child-marriage-social-issue-history/ )