Last week I read some interview and press release of Mr. Satyarthi. So, I feel to share.
BIKANER—23-04-2009(no mre balika vadhu) school childern in bikaner displaying slogans, spreading message to stop child marriage days before akshya tritya DINESH GUPTA BIKANER —–09414253300
“Child Marriage” – in India has been practices for centuries, with children married off before their physical and mental maturity. They are force to get married at the age of 10 to 14. The ratio of child marriage is most probably higher in the rural areas. At this age, children have no any idea about the marriage, and what is the responsibilities.
Analysing the reason behind child marriages, the NCPCR report states that girls in particular are married off because they are considered as ‘paraya dhan’ or somebody else’s wealth, and is often used by families to ensure that the girls is protected from premarital sex, pregnancy outside of marriage and the need to preserve ‘family honour’. I know so many couples, who got married at the age of 10 to 12. Some of them are my friend. I asked him, so he told “I don’t know”. I have also seen and adverse effect of this. If, a boy got married at the age of 10 to 14, then he and his family will feel secure, that although boy will not study and got a better job, he has a wife.
Mr. Satyarthi has started a campaign against the children’s right. Here are few words of him. “Child marriage is one of the biggest forms of societally sanctioned sexual, physical and mental abuse of young children. The practice of child marriage has time and again received been strongly opposed by government institutions as well as civil society. And yet, as India grows economically prosperous, its future continues to fall prey to illegal, under-age civil unions,”.
Several studies indicate that one of the strongest factors that force people into marrying off their children is poverty. This is true, especially in the cases of the girl child, where they are seen as a liability to their family.
The weak implementation of the prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006 (PCMA) is another contributing factor to the growth of these marriages. There is limited understanding of the law and very little understanding of the functioning of the law or consequences of the act.
Mr Satyarthi said, “Children should be playing sports and studying hard. They should not be pushed to marry. We should not turn a blind eye to this growing problem. The time has come for the whole country to take a strong stand against this practice of child marriage. Madhya Pradesh has already made a good beginning to end this social evil.”
Society at large needs to be educated on the numerous problems associated with child marriage and the society must be made aware of the pitfalls that dot the lack of education in the state. Unless a strong stand against this regressive practice is taken, there will be no end in sight to the menace of child marriage in this country. Child marriage should have no place in 21st century India.
“ Let the children play and study till age of 18 to 21, and then let them decide, when and to whom they should marry.” – We are in 21st Century.
We, as a society should take a stand to stop child marriage.