Nepal | August 07, 2020

Child marriage still rampant

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:
  • 50 pc women aged 20-49 years got married before they were 18

Kathmandu, February 27

Two out of 10 women aged 15-49 years were first married before the age of 15, says a report published by the Central Bureau of Statistics this week.

According to the Nepal Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2014, child marriage still persists in the Nepali society although the minimum legal age for marriage is 20 years for both male and female.

Before the age of 18, girls are neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives or mothers.

It said child marriage not only deprives girls of education, but it often makes them vulnerable to a cycle of discrimination, domestic violence and abuse.

Formal or informal union between boys and girls below the age of 18 years is a child marriage.

The NMICS also stated that 5 out of 10 women aged 20-49 years were first married before the age of 18 in the country. Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey is an internationally agreed household survey programme developed by UNICEF and constitutes one of the world’s largest sources of statistical information on children and women.

It assists countries in filling data gaps to monitor human development in general and the situation of children and women in particular. It provides data for developing evidence-based policies and also seeks to monitor progress towards national goals and global commitments aimed at promoting the welfare of children, including the Millennium Development Goals.

MICS is conducted every three years in Nepal.

The report has suggested to children to make parents aware that a couple needs to be at least 20 years of age to get married.

The report also covers other topics such as Water for Health, Caring of Newborn, Health Seeking Behaviour, Food for Growth and Development, Drinking Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, Early Childhood Development, Child Protection, Harmful Practices among Adolescents, and Protecting Ourselves from HIV.

It has been published in a format of a pictorial booklet to promote understanding of various facts about children and women and also to inform children about ways to improve the situation.


A version of this article appears in print on February 28, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Bharatpur

Encroachment blamed for inundation

CHITWAN, AUGUST 5 Encroachment of the main city area of Bharatpur Metropolitan City and the canal of Narayani lift irrigation project has caused inundation of the city area. Construction of road in the area and building of structures by burying the canal has led to inundation in the city, said Read More...

Kailali

Body left to rot in hope of resurrection

TIKAPUR, AUGUST 5 “Religious belief of bringing the dead back to life” has allowed a dead body to rot. The mortal remains of a man of Tikapur-1 of Kailali district started stinking after a pastor in the locality assured the family of the deceased that the deceased would resurrect with his pra Read More...

30 rape cases in 4 years in Darchula

DARCHULA, AUGUST 5 Darchula, the district in Sudurpaschim state, reported 30 cases of rape and attempted rape against women and girls in the past four years. According to Darchula District Police Office, most perpetrators are from within the circles of families, relatives and are known to the Read More...

Aviation ministry preparing protocols to resume international flights

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 5 As the government has announced all domestic and international flights will be resumed from August 17, all the concerned authorities are busy preparing protocols on how to manage the flights and passengers during this pandemic. Spokesperson for Ministry of Culture, Tourism Read More...

1,313 Nepalis repatriated

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 5 More than 1,000 Nepalis were repatriated today via eight flights. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a total of 1,313 Nepalis were repatriated today. Nepal Airlines Corporation evacuated 151 and 265 passengers from Doha in Qatar and Dubai in the United Arab Read More...

Ncell transforms into a public company

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 5 The country’s largest private telecom company Ncell has been transformed into a public company. Publishing a notice today, Ncell informed its transformation to a public company. With this transformation, Ncell will now be recognised as Ncell Axiata Ltd and all its oper Read More...

Gandaki Province CM Prithivi Subba Gurung

No statutory ground to seek PM’s resignation

Gandaki Province chief minister Prithvi Subba Gurung is NCP (NCP) Gandaki Province in-charge. A former secretary of then CPN-UML party, Gurung is the supporter of Prime Minister and NCP (NCP) co-chairperson KP Sharma Oli. As the intra-party feud has escalated lately, CM Gurung has been quite occupie Read More...

Valencia captaincy snub hastened exit, says City's Torres

Spanish winger Ferran Torres said Valencia's failure to hand him the captain's armband and make him one of their highest-paid players were key factors in his decision to join Manchester City. The 20-year-old joined the Premier League side on a five-year contract this week for a fee reported t Read More...