Child marriage is prohibited by law and the rate of child marriages has dropped down to a great extent. But, this practice is still not over and is prevailing in a lot of places even now.
The major point of concern is that as per records, Rajasthan tops the list in cases of child marriages. This information was provided by Women and Child Welfare Ministry. Minister for State for Women and Child development Dr. Virendra Kumar said that though there are strict laws against child marriages, yet Rajasthan, Bihar and West Bengal have too many child marriages going on even now. Rajasthan is on the top in this list as per data of 2011. In other parts of the country, there has been a decline in child marriages.
Directions have been issued to all zila parishads in Rajasthan to develop networks to prevent child marriages. Rajasthan state is notorious for child marriages. It reports the highest number of marriages where 35 percent of women are married before the age of 18.
Department of women and child development has made anganwadi workers aware of the negative effects of child marriage on females. Girls who get married much before they reach 18 years are very likely to give birth to under-nourished children. They themselves get anaemic in the process and most of them get closer to death.