This is my very first trip to India as a British trainee community worker, I’ve been sent on a very special work experience placement to rural India, while I’m out here I will be writing a report about the issue of child marriage in the area.
Child marriage normally occurs in poor, rural communities. In many regions, parents arrange their daughter’s marriage without the girls knowing. Which means that one day, she may be at home playing with her sisters, brothers and friends, and the next, she’s married off and sent to live in another village with her husband and his family, strangers. She is pulled out of school. She is separated from her friends and family, and once married, she is more likely to be a victim of domestic violence and suffer health issues because of early sexual activity.
Parents of child brides are often poor and use marriage as way to strengthen alliances, to steal property deals or pay off debts. Also many parents want to make sure their daughters do not have a child outside marriage, some parents also think that if there daughters receive education they wont to fulfill their traditional roles as wife and mother. The number of child marriages increases during wars or natural disasters when families want to protect their daughters or want money for themselves.
The Christian Church has a very strict view on marriage. These are because of the passages from the Bible. Christians are often encouraged to love one another in a non-sexual way. This type of love is the love that Jesus showed to other people when he gave his life for them: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning...
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