Could you possibly imagine being forced to marry at seven years old? Most seven year olds in the States are carefree and have just started elementary school. But, in parts of Nepal, 10% of underaged boys are already married. Here in the States, children are preparing to celebrate Father’s day. But, in rural Nepal, some boys are already fathers themselves.
Typically, when we hear about forced child marriage, the story focuses on a child bride. But, with Father’s Day approaching, CARE.ORG is reminding global citizens that young boys are also forced to endure horrors of child marriage.
For example, CARE interviewed a child groom in Nepal named Parashuram who was forced to marry when he was only nine years old. At his own wedding, Parashuram wet himself because he had no idea how to untie his ceremonial garment to use the bathroom. At just 12 years old, Parashuram was pressured to produce a child.
Like child brides, child grooms are also forced to endure physical and psychological trauma, expected to have children shortly after puberty, and often drop out of school so that they can support their family. Usually born into poverty, child grooms who drop out of school are unable to increase their socio-economic standing, which causes them to pass poverty onto their next generation.
What are some of the reasons why child grooms are forced to marry young in Nepal?
Although devestating, there is hope of changing this “backwards” way of thinking and lowering child marriage rates in Nepal. With the help of CARE, Parashuram and other child grooms are working to save the next generation from experiencing what they were forced to.
What Can You Do? It’s easier than you may think…
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by CARE, but as always, all opinions are my own.
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