Sindh has highest percentage of child marriages: WHO


World Health Organisation recently published a study stating that “more than 140 million underage girls are likely to get married between the years 2011-2020”.

The report titled “Demographics of child marriages in Pakistan” also stated that “in Sindh, the percentage of child marriage remained high with 72 per cent girls and 25 per cent boys becoming victims to this menace, however, the highest number of girl child marriages were recorded in the tribal areas where 99 per cent of the girls are married under this unlawful traditional practice”.

It further added that child marriage is still a serious issue in Pakistan as 21 per cent of the girls are getting married before the age of 18, especially in rural areas.

“The formal marriage or informal marriage occurs before the age of 18 throughout the world,” the report said, adding that “however, being forced into marriage before one was able to give consent, violates the basic human rights of both boys and girls”.