Find out from your elder relatives about their awareness of the legal status of early marriage. You yourself may get information on it from your teacher, parents, a doctor or the internet. Write a two-minute speech explaining why early marriage is not good for the couple.

AcademicBiologyNCERTClass 8

Early marriage is defined as the marriage between minors, i.e. girls and boys less than 18 years of age. 

Disadvantages of early marriage are:

(i) Early pregnancy or teen pregnancy is harmful to the health of the mother as well as the child.

(ii) If a couple gets married at a small age and bears a child, they may not be able to raise the child in a proper manner.

(iii) After early marriage, girls have very less chance of becoming financially independent. Even the education of girls is stopped in between.

(iv) Early marriages usually occur when two individuals do not understand each other so the relationship may not withstand longer in the future.

Extra information:

Child marriage can't be stopped without social help. Under the Prohibition of Child Marriages Act, there have been calls to render child marriage void ab initio, but Indian society is complex, and doing so would jeopardize the rights of child brides. The Uniform Civil Code may assist in avoiding child marriage.

Child marriage occurs when the bride is under 18 and the groom is under 21. Child marriages are common in poor, illiterate rural settings. Ignorance, societal conventions, insufficient education, and seeing women as a financial burden all contribute to child marriage. Child marriages cause health difficulties owing to early pregnancies, a decline in women's status, and a vicious circle of gender inequity. The Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929 was the first secular regulation to prohibit child marriage. It didn't nullify the marriage, though. It solely punished adults who married minors and their parents. The penalty and fine were extremely light. Occasionally, the act's age restriction was raised. It remained a dead letter and didn't achieve its goal.

The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006 replaced the ineffectual Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929. The Act prohibits underage marriages with two-year prison terms and/or an INR 1 lakh fine. Males under 21 and females under 18 are considered children. The Majority Act defines a minor as someone who hasn't reached adulthood. Child marriages are voidable by the parties. If the assent is gained by deception, deceit, or luring the kid away from his rightful guardians for trafficking or other immoral reasons, the marriage is void. The Act appoints an underage marriage prohibition officer to prevent child weddings and raise awareness.

2006 Child Marriage Act

Females can marry at 18 and men at 21 under PCMA. A female who married as a kid can get a divorce within two years of turning 18.

Updated on 10-Oct-2022 12:46:52