In a report by India TV, India ranks third when it comes to child brides. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), about half of Indian women get married before they turn 18. “Adolescents (10-19 years) form 21 percent of India’s population, of which adolescent girls constitute 48 percent (115 million). Despite improvements on several key development indicators, there are still issues which limit adolescents, especially girls, from achieving their full potential,” said a press release issued by the UNFPA.
“Around 14 percent of girls aged 15-19 years are illiterate, and 73 percent never get to complete more than 10 years of school,” a report by the UNFPA said. It reported that India accounts for a third of the world’s child brides; about half of Indian women are married before they turn 18. Facts like these make the global theme of this World Population Day, ‘Investing in Teenage Girls,’ especially relevant and important for India,” the report added.
Awareness about the global population is spread every year by observing World Population day on July 11. “Marginalised girls are vulnerable to poor reproductive health and more likely to become mothers while still children themselves. They have a right to understand and control their own bodies and shape their own lives,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA.