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Child Marriage Around the World

April 10, 2014

Child marriage is a truly globla problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions, and ethnicities.  Child brides can be found in every region in the world from the Middle East to Latin American, South Asia to Europe. 

Child marriage: 20 highest-prevalence countries in the world (%)

Girls 'Treated as Cattle': Child Brides Divide Pakistan

April 2, 2014

BY WAJAHAT S. KHAN AND HENRY AUSTIN

LAMABAD, Pakistan -- A proposed law seeking tough new penalties for marrying children has triggered intense debate in Pakistan.

At the moment, females can legally tie the knot at 16 while males must wait until they are 18. However, it is customary for younger teen girls to be married by their families in some parts of the country. Girls are also sometimes offered as compensation to end feuds between families.