KATHMANDU, March 18: Child marriage spiked in humanitarian crises triggered by the COVID-19 in a number of South Asian countries, mainly in Nepal and Bangladesh, says a report of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP).
In Zimbabwe, where girls as young as 10 are forced to marry due to poverty or traditional and religious practices, a teenage taekwondo enthusiast is using the sport to give girls in an impoverished community a fighting chance at life.
KATHMANDU, Feb 5: Incidents of child marriage have not decreased although many programmes for abolishing child marriage practice have been implemented in line with the National Strategy to End Child Marriage 2072.
PALPA, Jan 21: Anita Gharti of Gothadi village of Palpa is just 20 but she already has two kids. The elder one is two and the younger one is just four-month-old. The marriageable age, going by the law, is 20 for both male and female. Gharti had married three years ago, when she was 17.
RUKUM, July 17: In the last one year, 117 women and 37 men filed cases for divorce at the district court in Rukum (west). According to Judge Atmadev Joshi, the number is alarming. When couples are married at a young age, they are least likely to handle the married life smoothly, he said.
DANG, May 19: Although the campaign against child labor and child marriage is creating waves at Tulsipur sub-metropolis in Dang district, cases of child labor and child marriage continue to be reported unabated here.
ROLPA, May 12: Even though the number of child marriages is extensively high in Rolpa, very few cases of this ill-practice are reported to police. The government has criminalized child marriage, yet those practicing and encouraging child marriage are neither punished nor ostracized by the law enforcing agencies.
DHADING, April 13: Twenty-one-year-old Sanukaanchhi Chepang of Benighat, Rorang-1, Chimang is a mother of three. She has a son and two daughters at such a young age. As she eloped and married at the age of 13, her present days are spent rearing children and carrying household chores.
JUMLA, March 30: District Police Office, Jumla last week received a complaint about forceful child marriage. According to the district police chief, DSP Sitaram Rijal, this is the first ever such complaint the office has received. Though child marriage is not uncommon in this region, never before had anyone come over to the office to officially register a case.
ROLPA, March 4: The details provided by the District Hospital, Rolpa, has raised concerns regarding the state of child marriage and women's reproductive health in the district. It has been found that the number of teenagers reaching the district hospital and other health organizations for delivery is significantly high.
OKHALDHUNGA, March 4: Tulasi Rai is a sixth grader at Niketan Secondary School of Manebhanjyang Rural Municpality-9, Madhavpur. According to the details provided to the school during her enrollment, she was born on April 18, 2006.
DANG, Feb 17: Temple priests of Dang district have gone out of their way to stop child marriage. They have joined their hands to eradicate under-age marriage after undergoing training on child marriage organised by Tulsipur Sub Metropolitan City as part of the aim to make the sub-metropolis child-friendly.
RUKUM, Jan 17: Banfikot Rural Municipality of Rukkum (West) has a long tradition of bidding farewell to Maghe Sankranti festival by organizing a marriage ceremony of two children from different villages.
JUBA, Nov 25: After coming face to face with "unpredictable" gun-waving children almost 25 years ago, the former commander of the failed U.N. peacekeeping mission during the Rwandan genocide dedicated his life to eliminating the use of children as weapons of war.
KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Hundreds of child rights activists and students marched in Kathmandu on Saturday demanding an end to child marriage and implementation of child rights as enshrined in the constitution.