Determinants of Child (Early) Marriages among Young Girls- A Public Health IssueSahreen Malik Bhanji* and Neelam Saleem Punjani
Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan
- *Corresponding Author:
- Sahreen Malik Bhanji
Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 12, 2014; Accepted date: April 25, 2014; Published date: April 30, 2014
Citation: Bhanji SM, Punjani NS (2014) Determinants of Child (Early) Marriages among Young Girls- A Public Health Issue. J Women’s Health Care 3:161. doi: 10.4172/2167-0420.1000161
Copyright: © 2014 Bhanji SM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
“The Sindh government has recently proposed amending the old child marriage laws to include stricter penalty and punishments”. The practice of early marriage has increasingly been recognized as human rights violation affecting girls more than boys with severe consequences. Though the numbers of cases have reduced worldwide, it still remains pervasive in South Asia, predominantly in Pakistan. Despite national laws and international agreements, this public health issue presents a threat to the lives and health of children, especially young girls. This paper highlights the major determinants of child marriages, the magnitude of the problem and its implications along with some of the public health measures to reduce the impact.