U.N Warns:140 Million Girls to Become Child Brides Between 2011 - 2020

U.N Warns:140 Million Girls to Become Child Brides Between 2011 - 2020
Fri 15-03-2013

The United Nations is warning that millions more young girls are destined to become child brides, saying if current trends hold many will be under the age of 15.

UN is worried, predicting that 140 million girls will become child brides between 2011 and 2020. That is more than 14 million girls a year it says will marry too young, some 39,000 each and every day.

The UN has identified 42 countries where one in three children under the age of 18 are married.

Statistics gathered over the last decade found that in both proportions and numbers, most child marriages take place in rural sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Niger has the highest rate with %75 of girls marrying before the age of 18, and Bangladesh is ranked the highest in Asia at %66.

Mali with %55 and Burkina Faso with %48.

Morocco is one of the countries where child marriage is on the increase.

Rights groups are calling for a total ban on the practise, and the government looks set to bow to pressure to change a law allowing those accused of raping minors to escape punishment by marrying their young victims.

Research suggests girls who get married when they are young are at greater risk from violence and health problems.

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