Crackdown On Child Marriages Leads To Mass Arrests in India
Recently, authorities in the northeastern Indian state of Assam began arresting men connected to child marriage. In India, men must be at least 21 to get married and women 18. However, it is estimated that at a minimum 1.5 million girls under the age of 18 get married every year in India, making it the epicenter of child brides. India represents a third of the world’s child bride population and the prevalence of underage girls getting married in Assam is extensive – nearly one out of three marriages involve a girl under 18 – officials hope the crackdown will send a message that this practice will no longer be permissible.
What happened in India?
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Writing: Why is child marriage so prevalent in India?
Debate: What is the best way to eradicate child marriages?
Poll: Did Indian authorities go too far in their quest to stop child marriages?
Short Answer: What are the ramifications of India’s crackdown on child marriages?
To thwart child marriage state police in Assam have arrested over 3,000 people. (T/F)
In India, men must be at least 18 to get married and women 21. (T/F)
The justification for the child marriage crackdown dealt with a desire to curb maternal and infant mortality rates. (T/F)
Which of the following groups has the Indian government been accused of treating unfairly?
At a minimum how many girls under the age of 18 get married every year in India?
- 1.25 million.
- 1.5 million.
- 1.75 million.
- 2 million.
All the following are true concerning why child marriage is common in India EXCEPT.
- Patriarchal society.
- Rampant poverty.
- Progressive attitudes.
- Inadequate educational system.