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By addressing the root causes of child marriage and implementing targeted interventions, we can create a future where girls are empowered to reach their full potential, free from the harmful effects of early and forced marriage. Discuss.

Topic: Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues.

1. By addressing the root causes of child marriage and implementing targeted interventions, we can create a future where girls are empowered to reach their full potential, free from the harmful effects of early and forced marriage. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express , Insights on India

Why the question:

In recent years, several high courts have opined that child marriage is allowed under personal laws in various communities.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the factors leading to child marriages and its impact on girl child and measures needed to stop this.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by citing statistic relating to child marriages.

Body:

First, mention the factors leading to child marriages – historical factors, poverty, lack of education, girls being considered as burden etc.

Next, write about the impact of child marriages on child brides – health indicators, education, psychology, pregnancy etc.

Next, write about the steps that are needed to put an end to this practise.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.