Child Marriage

  • US announces $4.8 million for projects against child marriages July 23, 2014

    Washington: The US has announced $4.8 million to fund projects in over half a dozen countries, including India, to end child and forced marriages. Other countries include Nepal, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen. "We know the fight against child marriage is the fight against extreme poverty," US Agency for...
  • India home to one in every three child brides in the world: UN report July 22, 2014

    United Nations: India has the sixth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child bride living in India, a United Nations report said. Child marriage among girls is most common in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and India is among the top 10 countries with...
  • Rs 1,000 every month for girls saved from child marriages July 15, 2014

    Chennai: In a bid to assist minor girls saved from child marriages, the Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday announced a cash support of Rs 1,000 to each of them every month until they attain 18 years of age. Social Welfare Minister B Valarmathi on Tuesday informed the Assembly that this financial...
  • Women and Child Welfare Department averts eight child marriages May 11, 2014

    The Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Welfare Department on Sunday prevented marriages of 16 minors at a mass wedding event at Badodiya Khan village near Indore. Women and Child Welfare Department official Nirmala Rokade told PTI that after organisers of the event were warned about its illegality, the marriages of these eight minor couples did not...
  • Women and Child Development officials prevent 'marriage' of a minor girl May 9, 2014

    Officials from Women and Child Development (WCD) department on Thursday prevented a marriage of a 17-year-old minor girl here, as part of their drive to check child marriages in the district. Acting on a tip-off, WCD officials raided a house in Brahmabagh colony and prevented the marriage of the minor girl,...
  • Six cases of possible child marriages lodged ahead of 'Akshaya Tritiya' May 1, 2014

    At least six cases of possible child marriages were registered with the district headquarters control room in Bundi ahead of the holy occasion of "Akshaya Tritiya" falling on Friday, an official said on Thursday. "Five cases of possible child marriages were registered on Wednesday and the sixth one today in the...
  • Authorities gear up to prevent solemnisation of child marriages on Akshya Tritaya April 29, 2014

    To prevent solemnisation of child marriages on 'Akshya Tritaya' on May 2, Bundi authorities are organising meetings and workshops, and have set up a special control room to check the practice. Child marriages are solemnised every year on Akha Teej or Akshaya Tritaya in Bundi, Kota, Baran and Jhalawar district in...
  • No free dinners: Attend a minor's wedding, pay Rs 1 lakh fine April 29, 2014

    Being a guest at a child's marriage could cost one dearly in this Rajasthan district. Jaipur District Collector Krishna Kunal Tuesday said any person assisting in a child marriage would face a penalty of Rs.1 lakh and two years rigorous imprisonment. The guests, caterer, the printing press which printed the wedding...
  • Power of 49: 14-year-old Bina's fight against child marriages March 9, 2014

    The law of the land may have banned Child Marriage but thousands of girls in far flung villages of India still suffer from its curse. On International Women's Day we meet 14 year old Bina Kalindi, who chose to fight this archaic practice. Power of 49 an honour that recognises...
  • Some Indian laws reinforce gender inequality: UN November 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Some Indian laws promote a preference for sons over daughters, the United Nations said on Thursday in a report that highlights the country's struggle to reverse a long-term decline in the number of girls. Bans on child marriage, pre-natal sex selection tests and dowries are poorly enforced, while laws...
  • Noida: Techie thrashed for trying to stop child marriage September 21, 2013

    Noida: A 29-year-old techie was allegedly thrashed when she tried to stop a child marriage in Noida. The victim is a volunteer with an NGO. The techie has now been admitted to a hospital and is in the ICU with serious injuries. The prospective groom who attacked the techie has been...
  • News briefs: Private hospitals to provide free treatment to BPL families in Guna August 6, 2013

    Three private hospitals in the city have decided to provide free treatment to families below the poverty line (BPL). These hospitals will also provide smart cards to the BPL families. According to the health department officials, more than one lakh BPL families in the district will be provided with the...
  • Video: Minor girl from Yemen raises pitch against child marriage August 1, 2013

    An 11-year-old girl from Yemen raised her pitch against child marriage by uploading a Youtube video that became viral. But now questions have been raised by her family on her accusations. ...
  • Tamil Nadu: 19 arrested for conducting child marriages June 27, 2013

    Dharmapuri: The district administration and police have stopped conducting of child marriages and 19 persons including four grooms were arrested in this regard at H Pudhupatti village, 60 kms from Dharmapuri on Wednesday. Parents of four minor girls of the village have arranged marriage to their daughters to conduct on...
  • WB: Real Hero Sangita Bauri wages battle against child marriage May 1, 2013

    Purulia: Every second girl in India is married underage, according to UNFPA data. The UNFPA also says that India has the highest number of child brides. Nearly 47 per cent of girls are married under the legal age of 18. The agency adds that nearly 140 million child marriages may...
  • Ineligibility rule for discouraging child marriage dropped April 25, 2013

    Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Government on Wednesday decided to change the rule which makes those getting married before attaining the required age ineligible for government job. The decision was taken by the state cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal. "Child-marriage is arranged by the...
  • Rajasthan: Education camps make girls financially independent April 2, 2013

    Lunkaransar: Girls from the desert villages in Rajasthan, which infamous for female foeticide and child marriages, are benefiting, thanks to residential education camps. From would be child brides, they are now looking at financial independence. It is a leap of faith for the 19-yr-old, Pankaj Rathore. In something that would have...
  • Hyderabad: Engineer from Sudan arrested for marrying minor March 2, 2013

    Hyderabad: A Sudani national was arrested on charge of forcibly marrying a minor girl at Moghalpura in Hyderabad, the police said on Saturday. Three others, including a woman, were also arrested for helping him in the marriage, they said. The accused Osama Ibrahim, who worked as a project engineer with...
  • Woman who escaped marriage at 17 returns as a millionaire February 1, 2013

    Kolkata: In what is a 'rags to riches' story, Chanda Zaveri fled from the pressures of getting married at 17 and returned home 30 years later as a millionaire. Born in a conservative Marwari family, her mother wanted to force her into a marriage that she did not want and...
  • Neither support, nor oppose khaps' views on rapes: Chautala October 11, 2012

    New Delhi: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala on Thursday seemed to have toned down his stance on rapes, albeit he did not totally disown it. After widespread criticism over his backing to the khap Panchayat's bizarre views on rapes and solutions to sexual crimes, the Haryana Opposition leader...
  • Govt unable to stop crime against women: Smriti Irani October 10, 2012

    Two more rapes reported in the last 24 hours in Haryana, making the tally of 15 rapes in 31 days. ...
  • Haryana ex-CM backs Khap's 'marriageable age' suggestion October 10, 2012

    Chandigarh: Former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala has backed Khap Panchayat leaders' bizarre solution for rape. Chautala also compared the rapes in Haryana to Mughal atrocities. He said that in the Mughal era, people used to marry their girls to save them from Mughal atrocities and currently a similar...
  • India slams Haryana khap member's suggestion on preventing rapes October 8, 2012

    Following the gangrape of a teenaged Dalit girl in Jind, who went on to commit suicide, a khap member in Haryana seemed to blame the victims for the rape. Speaking to a CNN-IBN reporter, khap panchayat member Sube Singh said that the only solution to rapes was to get girls married...
  • Pak: Woman arrested for forcing daughter to marry September 16, 2012

    Lahore: A woman in the eastern Pakistani city has been arrested for forcing her 11-year-old daughter to marry a man in his 40s. Muhammad Niaz, resident of the thickly populated Ghorey Shah neighbourhood in Lahore called police on Saturday and complained that his wife Tasleem Kausar was trying to forcibly marry...
  • Rajasthan woman seeks annulment of her child marriage August 5, 2012

    Jaipur: A 20-year-old woman in Rajasthan's Barmer district has requested the authorities to annul her marriage which was solemnised when she was only two years old, police said on Saturday. She also sought protection from the members of a village community council who, she says, are threatening her with serious consequences...
  • 'Child marriage more common among boys than girls' July 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Yet again confirming the prevalence of child marriages in India, a new health survey has revealed that more boys than girls are getting married before the legal age of 21 years. The survey has also revealed that every fourth girl marrying in rural Rajasthan and every fifth in Bihar...
  • India worst G20 country for a woman: Poll June 13, 2012

    London: Policies that promote gender equality, safeguards against violence and exploitation and access to healthcare make Canada the best place to be a woman among the world's biggest economies, a global poll of experts showed on Wednesday. Infanticide, child marriage and slavery make India the worst, the same poll concluded. Germany, Britain,...
  • Afghan child bride's in-laws sentenced for torture May 6, 2012

    Kabul: The in-laws of a child bride who became the bruised and bloodied face of women's rights in Afghanistan have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse and human rights violations. The plight of 15-year-old Sahar Gul captivated the nation and set off a storm of international...
  • Govt to hold national consultation on child marriages April 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Taking a serious view of child marriages in the country, the UPA government has decided to hold a national consultation on the issue with the states. A core group has been constituted by the women and child development ministry to organise the first national consultation this year to prevent...
  • Rajasthan: Teen refuses to accept her marriage April 27, 2012

    Jaipur: Yet another teenager has stood up against child marriage in Rajasthan. In Dausa, an eleventh standard student has refused to accept her marriage that took place years ago when she was a little girl. This comes less than a week after 17-year-old Lakshmi from Jodhpur also got her marriage...