As per the latest data reveals that although there has been a decline in the prevalence of child marriage in Inida, seven out of every 100 women getting married are under the legal age of 18. This is happening despite a law banning child marriage dating as far back as 1929 with subsequent amendments in 1949 and 1978.And the passage of a comprehensive Prohibition of Child Marriage Act in 2006. In fact, the National Family Health Survey 2005-06 revealed that 44.5 per cent of women between the ages of 20-24 years had been married before they turned 18. The prevalence of child marriage is a worry for obvious reasons.
Keeping this in view WPC with the support of Ford Foundation is implementing a project; “Empowering Girls by Addressing Child Marriage” in three states; Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. The objectives of the Project is to ensure that the girls and women are aware and informed of their legal rights, to work towards creating and enabling environment for ensuring that the policy and legislation serve as effective tools to prevent and protect girls from becoming the victims of child marriage and to mobilize and involve the community in order to bring in attitudinal and mind set change.