Though child marriages are prohibited in India, yet we find that most of the women living in villages are married in their teenage. This early marriage has often resulted in disasters for the whole family. A vast majority of the married girls has to face very heavy responsibilities of motherhood even before they are 20. The result of these teen marriages is that most of the born babies never have sound health, and always suffer from one disease or another.
The UNICEF’s World’s Children Report 2009 gives very shocking facts about early marriages. Premature pregnancy and motherhood are an inevitable
Besides the high Infant & Maternal Mortality Rates, child marriage is also a major factor responsible for the existence of gynecological problems amongst almost 92% of Indian women and problems related to nutrition amongst more than 80% of the women and children.. The above report by the prestigious UNICEF is quite depressing. It is high time that thegovernments, NGOs and other humanitarian aid institutions took drastic steps to prevent thissicial evil, so that our daughters are able to have a better and healthier life.
Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Laureate for Peace, wisely remark: “From Cameroon to India, communities, humanitarian aid organisations and women's rights groups are pioneering efforts to encourage investment in girls and discourage child marriage. Over time, communities are beginning to question traditional practices and ask what can be done to improve the lives of their daughters.”
The main reason for this evil is that even in this globalized world, we refuse to disobey the old unhealthy customs and traditions. The greatest Victorian poet Tennyson rightly says that we should discard useless customs, as they will ‘corrupt’ the world. Tennyson says in his following immortal lines:
The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfills himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.----