KATHMANDU: Nepal is among those countries where the cases of child marriage are high, a study shows.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s study report brings out a fact that in Nepal one male in 10 from 20-24 age group was married as a child. Africa’s Sub Saharan region, Latin America and Caribbean region, East Asia and Pacific region and South Asia have the highest rate of child marriage.
According to the report, Central African Republic is ahead in terms of child marriage as it is responsible for 28 percent of total figure and is followed by Nicaragua (19 percent) and Madagascar (13 percent).
Nepal is in the 10th position where girls and boys make up equal portions in the incidences of child marriage. The report notes that throughout the world a total of 765 million are married as children and the majority are the girls.
One woman among five belonging to the 20-24 age group was married before the completion of 18 years and one man among 30 of the same age group was married before 18.
UNICEF executive director Henrietta Holsman Fore said men married before time are also forced to own up household responsibilities/ burden as adults and take up a role of father early for which they are not mentally prepared and these remain as barrier to their education and employment opportunities.
(File Photo: Sharmila G., 14, eloped at age 12 and married an 18-year-old man. At the time this picture was taken she was seven months pregnant. She said that when rumors spread in her village about her relationship with her then-boyfriend, her parents tried to separate them, so they eloped. Sharmila said sheregrets marrying early and leaving school. She said she had no knowledge of pregnancy and reproductive health or family planning, and wishes she had not gotten pregnant. April 25, 2016. Photo Curtsy: Human Rights Watch)
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