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The Prevalence and Incidence of Child Marriage in India - A Study of the Enforcement of Prohibition of Child Marriage Act

Duration : 2013-2014 Location : Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujrat and Rajasthan
Supported By : Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of HRD, Govt of India Focus Area : Prevalence and incidence of child marriage in India Tag Words : Child marriage, enforcement

  • Objectives
  • To analyse the various socio-economic and cultural factors leading to child marriage in the selected states;
  • To assess the prevalence and incidence of child marriages, specially related to the girl child, in the selected states;
  • To identify variables influencing early marriages and early pregnancy in the selected states;
  • To assess the impact of early marriages and early pregnancy on health, education and society at large;
  • To review the existing constitutional and legal measures prohibiting child marriage and their enforcement;
  • To examine the view perception of parents regarding their values, traditions and attitudes related to early marriage and early pregnancy;
  • To examine the role of Child Marriage Prohibition Act 2006 in controlling the social problem and also to examine the problems, constraints and difficulties in effective enforcement of the Act.
  • To suggest measures for effective enforcement of Child Marriage Prohibition Act and addressing the issue of child marriage and early pregnancy.

  • Activities
  • Development and printing of interview schedule
  • Survey
  • Training/ capacity building of research/ study team
  • Interaction with households

Poverty, increased household responsibilities, infant mortality, morbidity and low birth rate, poor mental health, abuse and violence, isolation and abandonment, pre-mature pregnancy, maternal mortality, morbidity and under nutrition, discontinuing of education, etc. are the main consequences of early marriage and early pregnancy.

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