With Father’s Day approaching, I want to reach out to my readers with this message about Child Grooms in Nepal and what this should mean to you.
This heart wrenching story can be very upsetting to learn about but it’s necessary to take action and create awareness about the on going Child Grooms in Nepal. Learn how young boys under the age of 18 and in some cases young as 7 are forced to get married at a early age -AND then become father’s shortly after puberty. Sadly, this also goes for girls becoming Child Brides.
Many of these children had never experienced childhood. Since the odds were against them, they had to quit school as they are forced to tend to their farming villages and spend days doing home chores. These young girls are forced to live with their husband’s parents which makes this situation difficult as they endure domestic violence and complications from child birth.
Along with living in poverty, these Child Grooms just like a man named Parashuram has endured many heartfelt situations. He was forced to marry at the age of 9. During the wedding, he wet himself because he had no idea how to untie his ceremonial garments to use the bathroom. When Parashuram was 12 years old, he was pressured to produce a child and he hadn’t hit puberty yet. It was stressful time for this young boy because he felt that he couldn’t do what was expected of him. How sad and unfair!
As painful as these story are to read, there is hope for the next generation of children in Nepal. Past child grooms have now surfaced as energetic voices in the movement to end child marriage in Nepal. They’re actions have proven to be effective at reducing child marriages.
On April 25th, Nepal was devastated by a earthquake It was one that made headlines. Along with support and donations from all over the globe, commitments from CARE.ORG was there to help recover and rebuild.
CARE. ORG is a leading humanitarian organization that fights global poverty with a commitment to empowering women and girls. Through CARE’s ambition and mission, they serve individuals as well as families in the poorest communities around the world. Through this amazing organization, they seek hope, tolerance and social justice specially in areas where poverty has overcome. Their presents allows people to live in dignity and feel secure. CARE also distributes relief in emergency situations.
Here is another touching story about MATHURA DHOBI. He married when he was 12 years old and his wife SHIVNANDANI was 10 years old. To support his family MATHURA dropped out of school in the 8th grade to toil in the paddy fields. Hear how MATHURA explains his story in the video below.
Together as a nation we can make a difference. No child should be forced to marry at a early age. Help CARE by raising awareness of this cause. By signing and sending a letter to congress, you have helped. Raising your voices will help end child marriages of today.
Just look at these statistics.
Forcing children to marry at a young age is against human rights and is a violation. Congress agrees but we need your help to make sure they know this needs to be a priority.
Complete the form, send a letter to your representatives and senators to support this allocation in their budget.
I’m ending this article with the hopes that my readers have learned more about this cause and how important it is for many children. Allowing them to have childhoods, attend schools to get an education and letting them decide when is the right time to marry.
Please comment and let me know how you feel about child marriages?