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Child marriages are a clear violation of human rights and the issue needs to seek convergence within all relevant laws, policies and programmes for children. Discuss.

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

1. Child marriages are a clear violation of human rights and the issue needs to seek convergence within all relevant laws, policies and programmes for children. Discuss. (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

Odisha plans to stop child marriage during COVID-19 crisis. Thus the question.

Key Demand of the question:

Discuss the importance of convergence of solutions to address child marriages with all relevant laws, policies and programmes for children.

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 some key data on child marriages in India and its prevalence as of today.

Body:

Child marriage in India has been practiced for centuries, with children married off before their physical and mental maturity. The problem of child marriage in India remains rooted in a complex matrix of religious traditions, social practices, economic factors and deeply rooted prejudices. With the pandemic induced lockdown, the cases of child marriages are on rise in India.

Discuss the causative factors.

Explain why we should focus on convergence with all relevant laws, policies and programmes for children. Give examples and explain its importance.

Conclusion:

Conclude that Child marriage is a clear violation of human rights and the issue needs to find convergence within all relevant laws, policies and programmes for children. All children have a right to care and protection; to develop and grow to his/her full potential, regardless of their social and economic situation. Child marriage is a blatant violation of all these rights and it is imperative for all stakeholders to curb these occurrences as a matter of priority.