South Asian governments must act on child marriage & give girls the rights they legally deserve

In the time it has taken to read this article 42 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 3 seconds

About the author

Melissa Upreti

Center for Reproductive Rights

Melissa Upreti is the Regional Director for Asia at the Center for Reproductive Rights, a global advocacy organisation that fights to ensure reproductive rights are treated as fundamental human rights.