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Child marriage, which is the union of two people before the age of 18, is being practiced since ancient times. Though in the modern world the incidence of child marriage has decreased, still its practice continues to be widespread. Child marriage is in fact a violation of the human rights. Though, child marriages can have devastating effects on both boys and girls, but its impact is more severe in the case of girls. Child marriages hamper the development of girls. It results in early pregnancy leading to health complications. It also negatively impacts her education and career prospects. The leading cause of child marriages are poverty as well as gender inequality.

According to a data by the UNICEF, the three African nations of Niger, Chad, and the Central African Republic had the highest rates of child marriages. In Niger, 76 percent of the children were married before they attained the age of 18, though the nation is making concerted efforts to stop the practice. In Chad and the Central African Republic, the percentage of children married in their childhood stood at 68.

India, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Nepal, Liberia, Afghanistan, Brazil, Guatemala, and a couple of other nations witnessed between 30 and 60 percent of children being married off before they attained the age of 18. The situation is also dire in the nations of Pakistan, Mexico, Kenya, Cuba, Ghana, Lesotho, Indonesia, Georgia, Albania etc. Here between 10 and 30 percent of the children were married off in childhood.

The percentage of child marriages is significantly less in a number of nations such as Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Rwanda, Macedonia, South Africa, Algeria, Montenegro, Qatar etc. These nations witnessed less than 10 percent children being married off before they attained the age of 18. The UNICEF data places Tunisia at the bottom of the list. In the North African nation, just 2 percent of children were married in childhood.

The table below will provide information on the number of children married before the age of 18.

Country Percentage
Niger 76
Chad 68
Central African Republic 68
Mali 55
Bangladesh 52
Guinea 52
Burkina Faso 52
South Sudan 52
Mozambique 48
India 47
Malawi 46
Somalia 45
Nigeria 43
Madagascar 41
Ethiopia 41
Eritrea 41
Nicaragua 41
Uganda 40
Sierra Leone 39
Cameroon 38
Democratic Republic of the Congo 37
United Republic of Tanzania 37
Nepal 37
Dominican Republic 37
Liberia 36
Brazil 36
Lao People’s Democratic Republic 35
Sao Tome and Principe 34
Mauritania 34
Honduras 34
Zimbabwe 34
Côte d’Ivoire 33
Sudan 33
Afghanistan 33
Congo 33
Senegal 32
Benin 32
Yemen 32
Comoros 32
Zambia 31
Gambia 30
Guatemala 30
Equatorial Guinea 30
Nauru 27
Panama 26
Marshall Islands 26
Cuba 26
Belize 26
Bhutan 26
El Salvador 25
Uruguay 25
Iraq 24
Colombia 23
Guyana 23
Kenya 23
Mexico 23
Solomon Islands 22
Ecuador 22
Thailand 22
Guinea-Bissau 22
Gabon 22
Togo 22
Bolivia 22
Vanuatu 21
Papua New Guinea 21
Costa Rica 21
Pakistan 21
Ghana 21
Burundi 20
Kiribati 20
Timor-Leste 19
Lesotho 19
Suriname 19
Peru 19
Cambodia 19
Cabo Verde 18
Paraguay 18
Haiti 18
Egypt 17
Iran 17
Morocco 16
State of Palestine 15
Philippines 15
Turkey 15
Georgia 14
Indonesia 14
Syrian Arab Republic 13
Republic of Moldova 12
Sri Lanka 12
Kyrgyzstan 12
Tajikistan 12
Azerbaijan 11
Samoa 11
Barbados 11
Viet Nam 11
Tuvalu 10
Albania 10
Ukraine 9
Jordan 8
Rwanda 8
Trinidad and Tobago 8
Jamaica 8
Saint Lucia 8
Turkmenistan 7
Armenia 7
Uzbekistan 7
Namibia 7
Macedonia 7
Swaziland 7
Kazakhstan 6
Lebanon 6
South Africa 6
Tonga 6
Djibouti 5
Mongolia 5
Montenegro 5
Qatar 4
Maldives 4
Bosnia and Herzegovina 4
Belarus 3
Serbia 3
Algeria 3
Tunisia 2

(Data sourced from UNICEF)

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