Subashri, the Child Protection of SEVAI addressed recently among child services functionaries of Trichy Childline-1098 and Railway children-SEVAI CCRS project she expressed strongly that Educate child to eradicate Child marriage, as child marriage is an obstacle to girls’ development. Child Protection officer further said,’ “Child protection process also addresses to the need of safeguarding children from child marriages.
Child service functionaries are to make sure that communities protect all children and prevent child maltreatment and they are especially to protect girls from violations such as abuse, sexual exploitation, trafficking and work in hazardous conditions, as well as harmful practices, particularly child marriage. Child marriage is one of the barriers to girls, with a depressing impact on so many aspects of their lives. Nobody has the right to force children to do something children don’t want to do. Child marriage disproportionately impacts girls, depriving them of their education, health, and safety. Child marriage is a social evil that affects children physically, mentally and emotionally. Mainly girl children are forced to fall into child marriage as they are discriminated in the society because of their gender. Child marriage in India is a real spoiler of a kid’s childhood.
Some parents feel that child marriage is the end of troubles for girls, but it actually cuts their childhood short and the girls deserve much better. Many girls who are married off before they turn 18 or are forced into early marriages are made to leave school, depriving them of their right to education and future independence. Child brides are also more likely to experience domestic violence. Child marriage is driven by poverty and has many effects on girls’ health: increased risk for sexually transmitted diseases and other serious health issues. Child marriage robs girls of a chance to learn, grow, and fully realize their potential, child marriage systematically disembowels them. It ensures that they remain dependent on others all their lives, strips them of their agency, makes them vulnerable to abuse, and can trap them in a cycle of poverty.
Child marriage not only puts a stop to girls’ hopes and dreams. It also hampers efforts to end poverty and achieve economic growth and equity. Ending this practice is not only the morally right thing to do but also the economically smart thing to do. The right thing to do is to create awareness about this issue by educating both parents and children and encourage them to be independent first and then look for a partner only after attaining a certain age. Children of today are the future of tomorrow. They must be provided with proper education in order to build a strong nation and allow the girls to continue their studies”.