Boys marrying as young as 7 in Nepal: CARE

As Fathers across Australia awake on Sunday to appreciative offspring bearing gifts, they could spare a thought for the child grooms of Nepal who can be as young as seven.

Child marriage is mostly an issue for young girls but a new report by CARE Australia says it can also be a problem for young boys. That can lead to psychological trauma and high rates of dropping out of school to support their new families, it found.

 In most places where child marriage is common, older men wed younger girls. But in parts of western Nepal, boys and girls are often forced to marry each other.

CARE said these pre-teen children went through wedding ceremonies, then lived apart for a few years. When boys reached their early teens, the couples moved in together with the expectation of starting a family.

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