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The Crisis of Child Marriage in Pakistan: A Deep Dive Into the Issue

Child marriage is a deeply entrenched issue in Pakistan that continues to affect thousands of young girls every year. Despite efforts to eradicate the practice, it persists due to a combination of cultural traditions, poverty, and lack of education.

In many parts of Pakistan, girls as young as 13 or 14 are married off to older men, often in exchange for money or livestock. This practice not only robs these young girls of their childhood but also puts them at risk of physical and emotional harm. Child brides are more likely to experience domestic violence, have limited access to education and healthcare, and are at a higher risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth.

One of the main reasons for child marriage in Pakistan is poverty. Families struggling to make ends meet may see marrying off their daughters as a way to reduce their financial burden. Additionally, cultural norms and societal pressure play a significant role in perpetuating the practice. In some communities, it is believed that marrying off girls at a young age ensures their purity and protects family honor.

Efforts have been made by the government and various organizations to combat child marriage in Pakistan. Laws have been passed to increase the minimum age of marriage for girls to 18, and awareness campaigns have been launched to educate communities about the dangers of child marriage. However, enforcement of these laws remains a challenge, and changing deep-rooted cultural beliefs takes time.

To truly end child marriage in Pakistan, a multi-faceted approach is needed. This includes investing in education for both girls and boys, providing economic opportunities for families, and working with religious and community leaders to shift harmful norms and practices. Only through a collective effort can we ensure that all children in Pakistan have the opportunity to grow up in a safe and supportive environment, free from the harms of child marriage.

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Nada Alahdal
A human rights activist to advocate for the issue of child marriage, and head of the

Nada Foundation

for the Protection of Girls

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