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India holds the appalling tag of being home to the largest number of underage brides and is committed to ending child marriage by 2030 under the UN sustainable development goals. In this context discuss the factors responsible and suggest solutions to address the issue of Child-marriage in India.

Topic: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

1. India holds the appalling tag of being home to the largest number of underage brides and is committed to ending child marriage by 2030 under the UN sustainable development goals. In this context discuss the factors responsible and suggest solutions to address the issue of Child-marriage in India. (250 words)

Reference:  The Wire

Why the question:

The question is premised on the issue of child marriages in India.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the issue of child marriage in detail and explain what should be done to do away with the problems.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with facts related to child marriage and the definition of it.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Explain first the underlying factors that lead to Child marriages in India; discuss the historical factors, societal reasons, Poverty, Insecurity, Political and financial reasons, Lack of education, Patriarchy and gender inequalities, Inadequate implementation of the law etc.

Then discuss the impact of it; Child marriage violates children’s rights and places them at high risk of violence, exploitation, and abuse. Child marriage affects both girls and boys, but it affects girls disproportionately.

Suggest solutions to address – Empower girls with information, skills and support networks. Provide economic support and incentives to girls and their families. Educate and rally parents and community members. Enhance girls’ access to a high-quality education. Encourage supportive laws and policies.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward.

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