The donation predicts the worst increase in child marriage rates in 25 years, as the epidemic has closed schools and prompted poor families to move forward.
According to the report, Global Girlhood 2020: How Kovid-19’s Progress Is Declining, More Than Half of Married Girls Will Be Pushed This Year, Leaving More Than Two Decades Progress Begins To Fall In Practice Went globally. This will bring the total number of child marriages to around 12.5m in 2020.
This report warns 2020 to be a year of “irreversible failures and lost progress” for girls. Worldwide, school closures have disrupted the education of 1.6 billion children, and Save the Children estimates that 10 million children, mostly girls, will never return to school.
The report also states that this year more than one lakh girls under the age of 18 can become pregnant, due to which the birth of the child is still the leading cause of death among children aged 15 to 19 years.
The region worst hit for the rise in child marriages is South Asia, where around 200,000 more girls are expected to be forced into marriage this year due to economic conflicts due to coronovirus.
India, which accounts for one third of all child marriages globally, has been one of the countries affected by the epidemic in terms of both health and economy. The country has reported 6m cases of the virus, which is the second worst in the world, and its number is the fastest growing globally.
A lockdown was instigated in March with only a few hours notice, forcing millions of migrant and daily wage laborers to go on to earn millions without any income. India’s economy shrunk by about 24% in the last quarter, the worst decline on record, and even after the lockdown was lifted, the industry and therefore work opportunities had drastically decreased.
Families and schools unable to find work with parents from low-income families have been closed indefinitely, children in India are either forced to go out to work or forced to marry. is.
Save the Children UK chief executive Kevin Watkins said: “Combined with rising food and economic insecurity, there is an increasing risk of violence and sexual abuse – particularly in human emergencies – with many parents feeling that their There are very few options to force your girls to marry men who are often older.
“These marriages violate the rights of girls and leave them at risk of depression, lifelong violence, disabilities, and even death from childbirth.”
The epidemic has also increased reports of child labor and child trafficking in India. Reports of poverty-stricken Indian states such as Jharkhand state that the number of trafficked children increased by more than 600% in April and May during the lockout.
The International Labor Organization recently stated that the coronavirus epidemic could cause an increase in child labor for the first time in 20 years.