Ending child marriage brief in India

“Early marriage is bad for boys and it’s bad for girls,” explains Atul Thakor. The 17 year old from Banaskantha got married a year ago, to a girl the same age. He had never spoken to his bride before the wedding, which was arranged by their parents.

Portait of Malini a Champions of End Child Marriage program.
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“Early marriage is bad for boys and it’s bad for girls,” explains Atul Thakor.

The 17 year old from Banaskantha got married a year ago, to a girl the same age. He had never spoken to his bride before the wedding, which was arranged by their parents. In Gujarat, as in several other states across India, boys are as likely to be married as children as girls.

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