Khajura (Banke), Aug. 28: Child marriage has been reported to be increasing in the district. The rise in getting children married has been attributed to social traditions and customs.
Most of the families getting their kids married in their teens are found to be from the Dalit, Madhesi and Muslim community.
However, Chief of the Women and Children Development Office in Banke Prabha Shrestha claimed that the rate of child marriage has come down in compared to the past. “Child marriage is done secretly but legally it’s punishable and any such marriage will be annulled”, she said.
Likewise, statistics at the District Police show that only one case of child marriage was reported and a case registered at the district court in the past one year.
The national census in 2011 showed that there are 1,854 children married below the age of ten in the district. Of them, 1589 are girls and 265 boys.
In the ten years since the previous census, a total of 163,580 children got married in the district and of them 107,560 were girls.