Lack of awareness of adverse health consequences Most parents and families practicing early marriage are unaware of the health risks that come with it

Lack of awareness of adverse health consequences
Most parents and families practicing early marriage are unaware of the health risks that come with it. Early marriage leads to early motherhood which endangers the young mother’s health as well as that of her child. The practice increases the risk of death of the mother and/or child during early pregnancy, at the time of delivery and even immediately after delivery. It may also lead to the birth of a weak child who frequently contracts infections.
Lack of awareness of the law related to child marriage
While the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 has made Child marriage a serious and punishable offense, awareness of the law, its clauses and implications is still severely limited
Lack of political commitment
The involvement of the local political community in the organisation and implementation of child marriages at the local level makes ending the practice an uphill task as these politicians are more likely to be assured the vote of the communities they govern over.
Pressure of society and relatives
Neighbours, relatives, grandparents, all can influence parents into getting their children married. Parents can find it difficult to resist such pressures.
Cycle of subordination and dependency
The girls subjected to this practice are caught in a continuous cycle of subordination and dependency as, due to their position, they lack the capacity to take independent decisions, pursue their education and earn a living. The girl is rarely consulted about her own marriage.

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