Childhood is an essential and powerful experience in each individual’s lifetime. It is the most vital and impressionable period of learning. It is a harsh reality that children are future hope and valuable asset as well as a liability for a nation. Both at the national level and international levels greater attention is being focused on well-being and welfare of children. The issue of child marriage has always been an alarming one. The curse of child marriage is still prevailing in the remote areas of nation. However, it has minimized with the passage of time; but still, it exits on a large scale in the remote areas.
Child marriage is a violation of child rights, and has a negative impact on physical growth, health mental and emotional development, and education opportunities. It also affects society as a whole since child marriage reinforces a cycle of poverty ad perpetuates gender discrimination, illiteracy and malnutrition as well as high infant and maternal mortality rates. There are many causes of child marriage in India and multiple barriers to its elimination. Child marriage affects almost all facets of reaching the millennium development goals. Child marriage can be seen across the country but it is far higher in rural than in urban areas.
Child marriage is more common among poorer households, with many families marrying off their daughters to reduce their daughters to reduce their perceived economic burden. Girls are often married off at a younger age because less dowry is expected for younger brides. The situation has become so pathetic that there is an immediate need to make people aware regarding child marriage and its consequences. Children should be made aware of their human rights and must be taught to refuse and speak up once such an incident is taking place or is about to take place.
Key words: Child Marriage, Young brides, Curse of child marriage.