Child marriage refers to the formal marriage of a girl or boy below the legal age. Child marriage has detrimental effects on the physical and mental health of children. It is a punishable offence. The Child Marriage Act 2006 declares marriage between underage children to be illegal. Child marriage is a gross violation of children’s rights and greatly hampers their growth and development. The Child Marriage Act was set up to protect the rights of children, and to lower the cases of child marriage in India. Save the Children is an NGO dedicated towards improving the lives of underprivileged children. It has a global presence in over 80 countries.
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