Too Young To Wed: The Tragedy of Child Marriage

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Too Young To Wed: The Tragedy of Child Marriage

There are many causes we can fight for with veganism being one of them. Its crucial to remember that many people need our help. I’ve never been as enlightened in my life as I have this summer. I have read books and increased my awareness of the issues plaguing society. Sometimes it’s necessary to branch and see the things that other refuse to. I challenge you all to leave your comfort zones and learn about the struggles our brothers and sisters are facing.

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Sinclair_ButtonHow many children in the world would you guess are currently married, and how young is the youngest? The idea of child marriage seems archaic: it brings with it echoes of medieval times, or of royal alliances where securing an early marriage led to consolidation of property and power. Chances are that when we hear the term today, most of us don’t imagine a five-year-old in contemporary rural India who—despite a national law against it—is getting married to a man eight times her age.

Rajni, 5, before her wedding ceremony in Rajasthan, India on April 28, 2009. (c) Stephanie Sinclair/Too Young to Wed Rajni, 5, is seen after having just woken up before her wedding ceremony in Rajasthan, India on April 28, 2009. (c) Stephanie Sinclair/Too Young to Wed

Evidence suggests that we should, though. Today, child marriage is prevalent across the developing world, a reality in more than fifty countries. It can involve girls as young as five and six, and although some communities try to prohibit sex until the wife…

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