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Child Marriage in Nepal

Ganga M., 17, sits inside her home in Kailali, Nepal. Ganga had an arranged marriage at the age of 16 and was five months pregnant when this photograph was taken. Her husband works as a cook in India. April 25, 2016.

© 2016 Smita Sharma for Human Rights Watch

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Nepal has the third highest rate of child marriage in Asia, with 37 percent of girls marrying before age 18, and 10 percent marrying before age 15, despite the fact that the minimum age of marriage is 20 under Nepali law. Child marriages across the country often result in denial of education, serious health risks from early pregnancy, poverty and domestic abuse. While Nepal’s government has taken some actions to prevent child marriage, a long-promised national plan to end child marriage by 2030 has met with delays.