Human rights activists plead for an end to child marriage in New York, in the state, children as young as 14 are allowed to marry
Rapporteur_Hessam Karbasian: child marriage is a formal or informal marriage in which a person gets married before reaching the age of 18 to enter. the minimum marriage age set by law in many jurisdictions Hvz·h’hay 18 years, especially for girls, and even sometimes being included in the law is 18 years. The multiple jurisdictions more early marriages with parental consent or, in certain cases, such as teenage pregnancy is considered permissible.
The age of consent laws to protect children against sexual exploitation and trafficking of children exposure has been established, and partly linked to child marriage. Marriage in children, both boys and girls is negatively affected, although the vast injured ones are girls. More of them are poor socio-economic status.
Human rights activists are calling on New York's governor and lawmakers to back a law ending child marriage in the state.
Children as young as 14 can marry under the current law, and between 2001 and 2010, 3,850 children below the age of 18 were married in New York.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote a letter to New York lawmakers on 14 February, urging them to support a bill abolishing child marriage. The campaign group argued that the state's current legislation "is out of step with the rest of the world" and that "there is growing consensus that the minimum age of marriage should be 18."
Other countries, including Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, Saudia Arabia and Pakistan, have made it illegal for a 14-year-old child to marry.
Heather Barr, a women's rights researcher at HRW, said it was "shocking" that the practice was still permitted in New York. "The US, through its foreign aid programmes, has been a leader in urging an end child marriage in other regions, including Africa and Asia. Yet shockingly, US states are still allowing child marriage to persist," she said.
In New York children under the age of 18 need parental approval to marry. Activists say that parental consent does not provide adequate protection as many child marriages are arranged by relatives. Judicial approval is required if the child is under the age of 16 – "an age at which marriage should not be permitted under any circumstance," the HRW letter reads.