Girl Child Marriages Decline In South Asia, But Only Among Youngest

Findings mixed in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh

Each year, more than 10 million girls under the age of 18 marry, usually under force of local tradition and social custom. Almost half of these compulsory marriages occur in South Asia. A new study suggests that more than two decades of effort to eliminate the practice has produced mixed results…. Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Anita Raj, PhD
About the investigators:

Their report is published in a special Global Health issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  |  Read the report

Article citation: JAMA. 2012;307(19):2027-2029. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.3497.