India & The Child Bride

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Wait, What?

Really revolutionary stuff coming out of India today. India’s Supreme Court ruled that having sex with an underage wife is in fact, rape. This decision overruled a prior law that allowed men to have sex with a married girl, presumably theirs, as young as 15 years old.

Coincidentally this landmark case was passed on October 11th, International Day of the Girl.

And although this new law is beneficial to young girls, it doesn’t eliminate many problems for females in India. Enforcing the law seems challenging in rural areas where consenting parents marry their underage daughters off to older men. And with lack of policing in these areas, many crimes, including rape, occur with no consequences.

The statistics aren’t any better, “in 2015, there were more than 34,000 rape cases reported. Domestic abuse is even more widespread, affecting 40% of married women between the ages of 15 and 49, and 70% of child brides.” Additionally, marital rape is not a crime in India.

Doing Something

For more information and ways to help fight to eliminate child brides globally, visit:

Unicef: http://unicef.in/Whatwedo/30/Child-Marriage

Girls Not Brides: https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/take-action/