Child Marriages Free India

Child Marriages Free India

The Program Activities included:

  1. Awareness for elimination of child labour, child marriage , child sexual abuse, child trafficking  to  Anganwari worker,  Adolescent group, Community others Male and Female .School teachers and Students
  2. June and November Action Month – conducted the action month with the objective of Child labour Free Sheohar and,Rescued 22 children from shops and Dawa and 18 FIRs got registered and children were present before CWC and sent to Home . The campaign was conducted in collaboration with Dhawa Dal and Police, and child line departments and covered by news paper
  3. 16 October 2023 – Child Marriage Free India Campaign Event – The campaign event was conducted in more than 50 village in collaboration with all line departments (ICDS, MGNREGA Adolescent girl group, community people, school teacher and students , Government officials )
  4. Campaign highlights: Candle light and Torch Fire Rally,Prabhat Ferri  in 50 villages villages, Signature Campaign Gram Panchayat Level to District Level covering all district offices, Poster and Banner release and distribution, Book Release of “When Children have Children.” by Chierman abd also book was given to,SDM,DSP, ADCPU ,Child marriage survivour, ICDS DPO.
  5. Jagrukta Rath was Fagged off  by SDM & GOVT Officials and Media  persons . To aware community  for elimination of child labour, child marriage , child sexual abuse, child trafficking.
  6. Parents UNDERTAKING has take for not to Marry their Girl before 18 years of age and Boys before 21 years of age
  7. ALL the  Mukhiya and Sarpanch have taken PLEDGE and Signed for making Child Marriage Free Panchayat
  8. District, Block, Panchayat and Ward level Child Protection Committee (CPC) has  Formed  and their capacity has been done
  9. Wall writing and hoarding at important place like school, panchayat bhawan, water tank, temple, masjid for child marriage free INDIA

Child Marriage Free India Campaign

Understanding the seriousness of the issue, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in W.P. Civil 382 of 2013 pronounced that the sexual intercourse committed by the husband upon his wife being under the age of 18 years with or without her consent can be constituted as rape. To address this, the most definitive and audacious commitment to end child marriage was made with the launch of Child Marriage Free India campaign.

Child Marriage Free India (CMFI) is a nationwide campaign led by women leaders and a coalition of more than 160 NGOs spanning more than 300 districts working to eliminate child marriage in India. CMFI is working to attain the tipping point of child marriage, after which the society does not accept this evil practice and that will happen when the prevalence of child marriage is brought down to 5.5% by 2030, from the current national prevalence rate of 23.3%. This is being done by initially targeting 257 high-prevalence districts and gradually focusing on all the districts of the country.

Child marriage results in child rape, resulting in child pregnancy, and in a large number of cases, may lead to child deaths. For decades, we have been losing generations of our children to child marriage. The Child Marriage Free India campaign has received extended support from various Departments and Institutions of over 28 States. So far, across India more than 5 crore people have taken the pledge to end child marriage over the last one year through the efforts of the Child Marriage Free India Campaign.

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The Way Forward: PICKET Strategy to End Child Marriage

Addressing the issue of child marriage, requires a comprehensive and coordinated approach of different government departments, institutions, statutory bodies, and civil society organisations.

Tipping Point to end child marriage

WHEN CHILDREN HAVE CHILDRENTIPPING POINT TO END CHILD MARRIAGE Book authored by Mr Bhuwan Ribhu is an action plan to eliminate child marriage in India by 2030. It looks at the existing data on child marriage and lists 257 districts in India where the issue of child marriage is worst, which means where the occurrence of this evil practice is highest as compared to national numbers.

Tipping Point is the threshold required in an ecosystem needed to tilt the scale of the problem towards a point of no-return. The Tipping Point of Child Marriage is the critical point after which the society does not accept child marriage.

Tipping Point Methodology

The aim of reduction of 60 percent of child marriage is assumed to bring down the incidence of child marriage to 5.5 percent in the next nine years from 2021, from the last available estimates i.e., NFHS-5, till 2030. An additional assumption is that such a focused and elaborate intervention against child marriage would have a ripple effect.

In order to reach the Tipping Point, the Author proposes strategy at national and district level.

  1. National Level strategy where Governments, Institutions, statutory bodies, etc. work towards prevention, protection, increased investment, improved prosecution, convergence and use of technology for monitoring
  2. District Level strategy is similar to national level strategy but includes district administration, Panchayats, civil society, NGOs, other functionaries, parents and children who work collectively to prevent, report, and take action against child marriage.