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One in every three females in the developing world gets married before the age of eighteen; one in every nine gets married before the age of fifteen.

A child is defined as a male under the age of twenty-one and a female under the age of eighteen under the Child Marriage Prohibition Act of 1929. Getting a child married or engaging in it is a criminal offense under this act. Child marriage means any legal marriage or illegal partnership between two minor children of eighteen or under eighteen or a child with an adult. Child marriage is a violation of human rights. Despite the law prohibiting it, the practice is still prevalent globally.

The reasons for underage marriages are numerous. Some of the well-known causes of child marriages include a sense of insecurity; increased food insecurity, poverty, cultural and religious traditions, and joblessness.

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