A recent report issued by World Health Organisation (WHO) titled ‘Demographics of child marriages in Pakistan’ states that 21 recent girls under 18 are victims of child marriages in Pakistan especially in the rural areas. It is further revealed that that more than 140 million underage girls are likely to get married between 2011 to 2020.
The report states that “child marriage remains a serious concern in Pakistan, with 21 per cent of the girls getting married before reaching the age of 18 especially in the rural areas”. The formal marriage or informal marriage occurs before the age of 18 throughout the world, the report said. However, being forced into marriage before one was able to give consent, violates the basic human rights of boys and girls, it added.
The report further that the “percentage of child marriage remained high in Sindh, with 72 per cent girls and 25 per cent boys becoming victims to this menace, however, the highest number of girl child marriages were recorded in the tribal areas of Pakistan, with 99 per cent girls married under this unlawful traditional practice”.
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17 November, 2019