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'Amendment to make child marriages void should be introduced soon'

There is great social acceptance of underage marriages in all communities and religions

Child Marriage In India

Nikita Puri 

Child marriages in India, says a report by UNICEF, have significantly decreased, but the rate of decline remains slow. The Supreme Court has struck down a legal clause that allowed intercourse with underage brides, but at present child marriages still remain valid, a situation that is expected to be addressed soon. Jayna Kothari, Supreme Court advocate and executive director of the Centre for Law & Policy Research, Bengaluru, tells Nikita Puri why despite the fall in numbers, there is no room for complacency on child marriages. Edited excerpts:



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First Published: Sun, April 01 2018. 06:35 IST