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    200,000 child marriages taking place in India every year

    Child marriage is an ancient practice in India dating back more than 4,000 years and comes recommended by the Kama Sutra, which cautions that a girl who has “fully arrived at puberty” should be avoided as a wife.


    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...609908,00.html

    Sword attack over child brides

    By Catherine Philp

    India is shocked by assault on official who objected to wedding

    A BRUTAL attack on a child welfare officer who tried to prevent three young girls from being married off in a mass ceremony has provoked outrage in India over the ancient practice of child marriage. Hundreds of government workers and social activists had been mobilised in the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to prevent the illegal mass weddings of under-age boys and girls on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, a lunar holy day regarded as particularly auspicious for weddings. Shakuntala Verma, a government child welfare officer, travelled to Bhangarh village in the tribal-dominated Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh after receiving a tip-off that a family there was planning to marry off their young daughters in such a ceremony. She demanded proof of the girls’ ages but was forced to leave after family members threatened her. Later that evening a visitor turned up at her door armed with a sword and began slashing at her.

    As she put up her hands to protect herself, one was severed and the other badly injured. Police are now seeking the arrest of the girls’ father, the officer’s alleged assailant. She remains in hospital in Indore fighting for her life after a nine-hour operation to re-attach her hand. The brutality of the attack has shocked the country and renewed debate about steps to halt the practice of child marriage, outlawed since 1948 but continuing almost unhindered in the tribal belts of rural northern India. Around 200,000 marriages of minors under the age of 18 are said to take place every year, although the illegality of the practice and the fact that such marriages are not registered makes the exact number hard to determine. The bride and groom, in some cases, are little more than toddlers, although the majority are in their teens.

    Most child marriages in India take place on two auspicious holy days: Akshaya Tritiya, which fell on Wednesday, and Akha Teej, which falls in September. Police are often bribed to ignore such ceremonies, leaving the task of preventing them to unprotected child welfare workers such as Mrs Verma. Child marriage is an ancient practice in India dating back more than 4,000 years and comes recommended by the Kama Sutra, which cautions that a girl who has “fully arrived at puberty” should be avoided as a wife. Until the 1860s, girls were routinely married off at 8 or 9. Later that decade the Indian Penal Code outlawed intercourse with a wife younger than 10. In 1929 the first Child Marriage Restraint Act was enacted, taking the lower age limit up to 12. In 1948 the age was raised to 18 for girls and 21 for boys. But the practice has lived on in rural Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, partly, say critics, because of a lack of political will to stop it. Babulal Gaur, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, caused outrage when he said after the attack on Mrs Verma that “no serious action” would be taken against those who forced their children into such marriage. “Social customs are stronger than laws,” he argued. Late last year, however, the Government put forward a Bill demanding that all marriages in India be registered as a way of preventing child marriage. At present few marriages are recorded. Under the proposed law parents, relatives and presiding priests could be charged and given jail sentences of up to two years. Under existing law the maximum sentence is one month.

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    In 1948 the age was raised to 18 for girls and 21 for boys.
    Wallahi, agar mein Indian hota to shed ab tak phat chukay hotay.

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      #3
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      Babulal Gaur, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, caused outrage when he said after the attack on Mrs Verma that “no serious action” would be taken against those who forced their children into such marriage. “Social customs are stronger than laws,” he argued

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        #4
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        There's a thread on this in Culture. Why's this here?

        And anyway, Muslims support this too.... Apparently, if she can bleed once a month, then she's fully capable of being a wife and mother
        The grass ain't always greener on the other side, it's green where you water it.

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          #5
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          It is a social issue, less to do with religion. so better suited in society and culture
          Bazinggaaaa ....

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            #6
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            Originally posted by Sara516

            And anyway, Muslims support this too.... Apparently, if she can bleed once a month, then she's fully capable of being a wife and mother
            I agree with that logic but people should still obey the law of their land, if marrying an under 16 is illegal then it's not to be done in that land but it's not morally wrong.
            Last edited by Ranjhan; May 14, 2005, 04:54 PM.

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              #7
              Re: 200,000 child marriages taking place in India every year

              Originally posted by Sara516
              There's a thread on this in Culture. Why's this here?

              And anyway, Muslims support this too.... Apparently, if she can bleed once a month, then she's fully capable of being a wife and mother
              Most child marriages in India take place on two auspicious holy days: Akshaya Tritiya, which fell on Wednesday, and Akha Teej, which falls in September.

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                #8
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                strange.. why was i not married ..or did i..

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                  #9
                  Re: 200,000 child marriages taking place in India every year

                  Ur wife must be very angry at you for not calling her for so many years then
                  The grass ain't always greener on the other side, it's green where you water it.

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                    #10
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                    interesting post...so will some of my fellow indian guppies condemn this or as usual come up with some lame counter argument about pakistan in reply lets see?
                    Oh, everything's too damned expensive these days. This Bible cost 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everybody's a sinner! Except this guy.

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                      #11
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                      Originally posted by homer_j_simpson
                      interesting post...so will some of my fellow indian guppies condemn this or as usual come up with some lame counter argument about pakistan in reply lets see?
                      i certainly condemn it.

                      are you ready to condemn the actions of a certain religious figure of yours?

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                        #12
                        Re: 200,000 child marriages taking place in India every year

                        ^ ahhaahah.

                        so are toddlers marrying 25 year olds too? or are they marrying teens??
                        what kinda freak guy would marry a toddler??

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by sara_zzz
                          ^ ahhaahah.

                          so are toddlers marrying 25 year olds too? or are they marrying teens??
                          what kinda freak guy would marry a toddler??
                          What's freak to you might be considered very normal in other societies and civilizations...Walking around with the dried up, boneless foot of your last deceased husband for years after you're done eating a part of them before your relatives eat him...

                          It doesn't make it 'freakish', just different...

                          Go take a course in anthropology...
                          Focus not on who you are but what you do...
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                            #14
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                            eww i would but i hate hearing bout crap like that. i love living in my bubble.

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                              #15
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                              Originally posted by Lajawab
                              What's freak to you might be considered very normal in other societies and civilizations...Walking around with the dried up, boneless foot of your last deceased husband for years after you're done eating a part of them before your relatives eat him...

                              It doesn't make it 'freakish', just different...

                              Go take a course in anthropology...
                              Thats exactly the point my dear.. this 2000 or whatever marriage is due to ignorence.. yes ofcourse i condemn it.. these people first have to be taught and given proper education..
                              but what about marrying young girls to some uncles.. these are people who have education..this is ridiculous..isnt it.

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