Child marriages are rising at alarming rateMarch 2021
The number of child marriages is increasing in developing countries around the world, according to a new report by the United Nations.
“The pandemic has intensified the factors that drive child marriage, such as a lack of education, economic hardship, parental death and teen pregnancy, which has been amplified by disruptions in getting contraception,” writes The New York Times.
Marrying early is linked to dying young. The leading cause of death in girls aged 15 to 19 in developing countries is pregnancy complications and childbirth. Also, the children of teenage brides have a higher mortality rate than those born to adult mothers.