Child marriage: a real threat to the progress and prosperity of a girl

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Usama Mughal
Marriage is essential/significant part of every individual; however, child marriage is deemed as considerably scourge due to its many reasons making a teenage girl vulnerable to maltreatment, physical abuse and violence. It has become norm of our retrogressive society with growing its figure at a breakneck speed particularly in Sindh. It is( only a girl can experience the menace of it) more lethal than sword—mutilating many beautiful innocent faces.Child brides are particularly vulnerable to abuse and violence which lead her to the brink of death, early marriage of a girl at a very tender age strips of its exclusive right to healthy, sound and safe childhood, quality and complete education that can lead to gigantic adequate economic opportunities, and social and political empowerment.Besides orthodox manifestation of cultural behavior, a survey revealed the following ingredients leading to early marriages:

paucity of literacy, pressure from parents,mammoth dowry costs for older girls, parents’ want of wider social networks, adolescents dropping out of school, heinous crime and insecurity, love affairs between adolescents are significant factors that encourage the practice of child marriage. Although several laws were promulgated to curb this growing menace of child marriage, these laws are seldom implemented. Consequently, child marriages continue to plague our society. The early child marriage has catastrophic consequences in all parts of the world; Such premature marriages are significant contributor to health hazard for women and girls, resulting in early pregnancies, calamitous complications during pregnancy, higher rates of infant mortality, difficult childbirth, as well as risk of infections like HIV. Conjugal violence, especially unreported cases of spousal abuse, also argument exponentially due to under-age marriages where children are incognizant of their fundamental privileges with their lives to be mostly manipulated by adults.

To conclude, the practice of child marriage can also give birth to many social evils. In order to curb the growing tide of menace of early child marriage, there must be concerted approach that targets all the children, not only those at higher hazard. We as a society must change our toxic mentality— teeming with retrogression— to the rationally developed. Moreover, gigantic programs and rigorous strategies regarding problems facing the child in form of early marriage be initiated with awareness campaign be raised by engaging scholars of all segments as well as empowered girl through education and employment, for she also deserve rudimentary right to education should be proffered absolute freedom by choosing for his career and goal what she aspires for, and must not be looked with the lens of commodity, she also contributes to the progressively enlightened society.

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