Combating Child Marriage in Uttar Pradesh

Statistics can help to unravel some harsh truths. Like many social indicators in Maharajganj district in Uttar Pradesh, they only confirm that the district is one of India's worst places for girls to live. Some 73.6 percent of females marry before the legal age of 18 years and female literacy is a mere 28 percent. There is a child bride in almost every other home. While poverty, human trafficking and low birth registrations are some of the other major issues which the residents are battling, child marriage undoubtedly tops them all.

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