The practice of child marriage is common in many parts of the world. This custom claims millions of victims annually and many more suffer from serious injuries. According to the report published by the International Centre for Research on Women, 100 million girls will be married before the age of 18 in the coming decade.
Most of these marriages will take place in Africa and the Asian Subcontinent (Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh). In Nigeria, 77 percent of women were married before reaching maturity. In Bangladesh, at least 65 percent got married last year. Moreover, child marriage is still permissible in some states in North America, with parental or judicial consent. Globally, according to UNICEF, 36 percent of women aged 20-24 get married every year, before they had reached 18.
An estimated 14 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 give birth each year, around the world. Child brides are twice much likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than women in their late 20s. The government should revolutionize its child protection policies.