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In Rajasthan, 52 Out Of 100 Weddings Are That Of Children: UNICEF

Despite regular awareness, new figures assert Rajasthan with the highest number of child marriages.

The number of child marriages in Rajasthan is the highest amongst all the states in India, according to a new UNICEF report. In Rajasthan, 52 out of 100 marriages are that of children below the age of 18, Dainik Bhaskar reported.

In 13 districts of Rajasthan, there are 70 zillas which have the highest number of child marriages in one year. At least 4.69 per cent of the boys are below 21 of years of age, said the Bhaskar report.

This evil tradition continues in the northern state in spite of regular awareness campaigns by NGOs and educating and highlighting the local people on how the health of women is negatively impacted due to early marriage.

An Aljazeera March 2018 report said, “The rate of child marriage varies between states in India. However, it is as high as 65 per cent in Rajasthan.”

According to Annual Health Survey report of 2015, “Among women in the age group 20-49, the median age at first childbirth is 20 years. While the age group, 15-19 account for 17 per cent of total fertility.”

“Studies in India and elsewhere have shown that health and mortality risks increase when women give birth at such young ages both for the women themselves and for their children,” the survey highlighted.

According to a survey conducted by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) called Young Lives, 1.2 crore child marriages take place in India in every 10 years. Out of these 69.5 lakh boys are below 21 years of age and 51.6 lakh girls are below 18, said the Bhaskar report.

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