7 Reasons Early Marriage Happens in Bihar, India and Why It’s Harmful

Ending Early Marriage, PRACHAR

For the past several years, Pathfinder has worked to prevent early marriage in Bihar and other parts of Eastern India through projects like PRACHAR and initiatives like JAGRITI. Early marriage is a longstanding practice fueled by cultural, societal, and religious beliefs.

The effects of early marriage and childbearing are well documented. When a girl marries early, she is more likely to begun childbearing at an early age and increasing her risk of dying from complications in pregnancy or childbirth. It is also more likely that her child will suffer poor health outcomes.

Early marriage and childbearing have negative repercussions on girls’ education and mobility, which inhibit her access to social support, skills acquisition, and earning power—essentials for overcoming poverty.

Below are some of the most common reasons for early marriage in Bihar, India, and what we’re doing to make a difference:

1. Poverty

Girls are seen as an economic liability that will not contribute to the family’s income, especially considering the lack of opportunities for girls to advance in education and careers. When daughters are married off, they become some else’s liability.

2. Gender inequality

Girls’ and women’s low status in society is also a major contributor to early marriage. They are, unfortunately, not often given the opportunity to make decisions about their own education, marriage, or fertility.

3. Dowry

In India, it is customary for a brides’ family to pay a dowry (money, goods, estate) to the groom at the time of their marriage. For families steeped in poverty, it is often preferred to marry off a girl to a young, often unemployed, boy so they are expected to pay far less of a dowry.

4. In-laws

Families who have many sons are eager to marry those sons off early in hopes of bringing a young girl into their family who will help with the housework. Usually, these families prefer young, poor girls who will easily adjust and obey the rules of her new in-laws’ household. Early marriage can also be driven by families who know that marrying their sons off early will bring income to the family in the form of a dowry.

5. Fear for a girls’ security

In many of India’s lowest castes, families are fearful about the sexual exploitation of the young girls in their family. This drives the urge to marry girls off at an early age for their protection.

6. Poor education system and few career opportunities

In rural India, there are few educational and career opportunities available to young school-aged women. This landscape leads many families to consider the only logical “next step” for their girls to be early marriage.

7. Older sisters

In families with more than one girl, it is customary that the oldest sister marry first. If an older girl’s younger sister finds a suitor before she does, it is likely that her parents will quickly arrange a marriage for her whether she agrees to it or not.

So what’s Pathfinder doing about it?

Through the PRACHAR project, Pathfinder has worked to educate young women and men about sexual and reproductive rights and health, including the benefits of delaying early marriage and childbirth. We equip young people with knowledge and negotiation skills to better talk to their parents and in-laws about the harmful effects of early marriage and childbirth. Pathfinder employs a life-stage tailored approach to working with unmarried and married young people, understanding that both groups have unique needs. We also work closely with community leaders, parents of young people, and their in-laws to create awareness about the harms of early marriage.

Through the JAGRITI campaign, Pathfinder promotes appropriate age of marriage in Bihar. A youth-centric and youth-led campaign, JAGRITI develops young people’s knowledge, skills, and understanding of sexual and reproductive health through volunteer youth leadership initiatives.

Leave a Comment

* Change


This begins using the honeycomb design about the call, is actually valued by way of the actual multi-level subsidiary dials, as well as gets to the actual used hr prints. Splashes associated with red-colored boost the really feel from the call, as the stylized appear from the big fingers as well as hr indications simply really feel great towards the eye. Breitling obviously spent period in to many of these components. There's originality right here when it comes to the appear that's unique fake breitling in order to Breitling, as well as I truly value which. Lume about the call is actually extreme - you will find couple of easier to study dials through the night. A very awesome style function is actually how the outermost moment as well as chronograph 2nd size is really used underneath the sapphire amazingly instead of the actual call by itself. Such as We stated, the actual view is actually very gentle about the wrist - nearly deceptively therefore. The situation additionally utilizes PVD dark titanium anchoring screws about the back again as well as bezel. Be aware exactly how brief as well as stubby the actual lugs tend to be. This can help the actual Breitling view through overwhelming scaled-down arms as well as searching too big whenever putting on this. I really like exactly how this appears as well as seems whenever putting on this personally. My personal period using the Breitling had been really satisfying. The actual view fake omega is actually a lot more than only a view along with a more economical motion. It will possess variations as well as Breitling's focus on fine detail is excellent. It really is very difficult with regard to Breitling to enhance on the actual sturdiness associated with swiss wrist watches such as this. All are extremely main character watches. A few simply possess somewhat different type of forces. Every is really a ideal friend in order to "take right into a battle. " Such as additional Breitling watches the actual EZM 7 includes a tegimented metal situation - the industry hardening method which makes the actual metal difficult becoming 1200 vickers within hardness. The actual metal includes a sandblasted complete and also the situation is actually 43mm broad just by 12mm heavy fake breitling watches. Breitling utilizes their own unique AR layer method about the sapphire amazingly. Couple of crystals tend to be because obvious because individuals Breitling provides. Vibrant since the call perhaps, it's presently there for any objective. Although during my laziness (and perhaps Breitling laziness too), We did not seem like translating the actual comprehensive description PDF FILE in to British. Therefore go to Breitling and find out exactly what this particular German born vocabulary PDF FILE about the Breitling is about.
sonadesjackson September 20, 2014
replica louis vuitton handbags While practicing this place not knowing what the outcome is practicing to die than repairnothing else to do except practice. His powerfulmemories, things like go over to remember, it touches a lot of time savings. Pre-existence of the low-key leaf silent, came to this strange environment after a more low-key. But because the last love letter incident, he got a nickname, called 'bed lover'. But Ye Mo would not go ignored, the how, or how. At the beginning,
jancke September 16, 2014
Al fine di garantire Rolex Replica una potenza di 10 giorni, visualizzato a mezzogiorno, - avvolgimento dalla corona Rolex Replica tradizionale - riserva, il Giga Tourbillon è stato arricchito con due coppie di cilindri a differenza Rolex Replica dei convenzionali gorghi che hanno in genere uno o due. "Fusti sono di un diametro di 16 mm, cioè 4 mm più lungo i fusti convenzionali, che fornisce loro una vicino-costante la forza necessaria per il funzionamento del Giga Tourbillon" garantisce il marchio.
taniawalters2 September 4, 2014
I really love your blog.I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying each and every little bit of the article and I have you bookmarked your site to check out new stuff you post. fiba 2014 fiba world cup fiba world cup 2014 fiba live streaming,
fiba September 3, 2014
Our own fellow inhabitants of Kansas Metropolis began while using the industry-leading Sundek swimming deck covering products about 40 years back. Whether you might be building a fresh pool and also want any cooler as compared to concrete, non-slip surface area or remodeling a preexisting pool to be able to freshen the particular image, the Sundek Vintage Texture Overlay System is a superb solution. Epoxy Coatings
Epoxy Coatings September 2, 2014
Painite is an extra Burberry replica watches , very rare, it is to produce false bag socket type not really used in traditional. The real beautiful smoky color provides reconstruction on precious metal, jade is one of the rarest gem in it will be the most expensive. Black opal is often spectacular use many of their sparkling colors and compared them to a large number of rare, white opal.
annaly August 18, 2014
Actress Natalie Portman louis vuitton replica reprises her role as Dr. Jane Foster in Thor: The Dark World and Diamond omega replica Select Toys has teamed up with Gentle gucci outlet Giant to capture her on-screen look! Sculpted in a 7-inch scale with 16 points of articulation, the figure depicts Foster as she appears in the new film, with detailed sculpting and paint as well as an exacting likeness of Portman. The figure will come packaged with an alternate head and a detailed base fendi outlet that combines with Thor's to re-create a scene from the film.
crosunkow August 16, 2014
We accomplish our own absolute replica so we baby-sit the assembly of anniversary handmade item.Anniversary account is inspected afore addition to ensure the accomplished superior replica watches standards.However,afore affairs a accurate watch or broad jewelry,you should analysis if the agent is accouterment you with high-quality and accurate product.Some time ago of added than 150 years,they charge won a ample amount of continues and put calm abundant aspect for the absolute watch industry.If the amount is same,one with dior replica acceptable superior not alone looks acceptable in appearance and shape,but aswell feels abundant inside.On the contrary,one with bad superior may just attending OK at the aboriginal sight,but can't angle the analysis of a additional sight.You can get a replica backpack through assorted ways,article food louis vuitton replica or online.Handbags are an capital appearance accent for women.They do not alone accompaniment their outfit,but they are aswell an announcement of their personality.This is the acumen why women are actual specific if allotment their own handbags.Chanel handbags are one of the a lot of gucci replica advantaged artist handbags today.Unfortunately,their top amount makes it akin for the boilerplate customer to afford.Instead,abounding humans just achieve for beneath than the dream artist bag that they've consistently capital to have.
cloue August 2, 2014
Early marriage may damage the many lifes, we should stop this practice. But behind this incidence, we have to look for it's causes.The assignment help in sydney will help the students who have overload work.
Christopher August 1, 2014
Scroll to top