Friday, 4 August 2017

Child marriages show a declining trend

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). 

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 for 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. Government also undertakes media campaigns and outreach programmes to address this. 

This information was given by Minister for State for Women and Child Development, Smt Krishna Raj in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. 



Courtesy: pib.nic.in

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