Arunachal Pradesh girl child marriage rate highest among SC/ST: NCPCR

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Itanagar, September 13: Arunachal Pradesh tops in the list of the highest rate of girl child marriage among SC/STs in India. This was revealed in a report released by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) yesterday.

The report states that the prevalence of child marriage is the highest among Scheduled Tribe girls (15 per cent) followed by Scheduled Castes (13 per cent).

The report which was released on the NCPCR website is based on a comparative analysis of data on child marriage in the 15-19 age group from the third and fourth rounds of the National Family Health Survey (NHFS) conducted in 2005-2006 and 2015-16. The report has been prepared by Young Lives India, a research centre, in collaboration with the NCPCR.

On the other hand, West Bengal leads in the highest rate of girl child marriages among Schedule Tribes.

According to the report, this phenomenon is evident among the top 10 states with the highest prevalence of child marriage. Maharashtra has the highest percentage of girl child marriage among other castes.

Furthermore, Bihar, Gujarat and Telangana report “very high prevalence” of child marriages amongst OBC girls below the age of 18.

However, according to the report, a comparative analysis of child marriage for 15 to 19-year-old girls as reported in NFHS-3 (2005-06) and NFHS-4 (2015-16) reveals that the overall prevalence of child marriage has reduced to a large extent in the last 10 years in a large number of states.