Ending child marriage in India: Drivers and strategies

India has articulated its commitment to eliminating child marriage through numerous policies, laws and programmes.

Girls in school.
UNICEF India

Highlights

India has articulated its commitment to eliminating child marriage through numerous policies, laws and programmes; yet, more than one in four young women aged 20-24 was married in childhood (below age 18), and lack of voice in marriage-related decision-making abounds. The persistence of child marriage remains a potential deterrent to India’s likelihood of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 by 2030. A key challenge underlying the gap between policy and programme commitments and the realities of child marriage in India is our limited understanding of effective programme strategies that delay marriage and offer girls a greater role in marriage-related decision-making.

Girls in school.

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