Assam Cracks Down On Males Who Have Married Below-14 Ladies | Guwahati Information

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Guwahati: The Assam cupboard on Monday directed the state police to launch a crackdown on males who’ve married women beneath the age of 14 and arrest them below the Pocso Act, whereas those that have married women within the 14 to 18 age group can be arrested below the Prohibition of Little one Marriage Act, 2006.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated a couple of lakh women within the state have been married earlier than coming of age, in response to tough estimates.
Citing the Nationwide Household Well being Survey-5 (2019-20) report, Sarma stated the variety of little one marriages in Assam is on the rise. “In one among our personal surveys, we’ve discovered {that a} woman within the state aged simply 9 years has turn out to be a mom,” he added.
“Because the earlier governments didn’t take note of the Prohibition of Little one Marriage Act, 2006 to forestall little one marriages within the state, our toddler mortality and maternal mortality charges proceed to stay among the many highest within the nation. This can be a historic mistake and we are attempting to right it. Hopefully, in 5 years from now we are able to make Assam utterly free of kid marriages,” the Assam CM stated.
Based on the NFHS-5 survey, ladies aged between 20 and 24 years who have been married earlier than age 18 years, represent greater than 31% of the ladies in Assam, as in opposition to the nationwide common of over 23% in 2019-20.
Assam’s newest determine is 1% greater than what was recorded by NFHS-4 for 2015-16. The proportion of kid moms is greater than 11% within the state, Sarma stated.

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