It is a fact that, underage marriage is considered as a criminal practice as well as a human rights violation. It annihilates the lives of girls and make them far from happiness and education which are the main requirements of a person’s life.
Unfortunately, early marriage is commonly happening in Pakistan. According to UNICEF, Pakistan has the sixth highest number (1909,00) of absolute child brides in  the world. Additionally, 21% of girls in Pakistan are married before their 18th birthday while 3% are married before the age of 15.
Multiple young women lose the battle of life at the time of child delivery. Most of them face several obstacles as they become mothers in very young age.
Furthermore, child marriage increases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases such as cervical cancer, malaria, death during childbirth and obstetric fistulas. So, it is high time to stand up and protect girls from getting married at young age.
Imtaiz Javid
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