Tens of thousands of underage girls in Asia have reportedly been forced into marriage by their desperate families who have fallen into poverty due to the Corona pandemic.
The issue of child marriage has long been opposed by activists, but until now the practice is still rife.
Child marriage has become a common occurrence in traditional societies in Asian countries such as India, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
However, this can slowly be suppressed as the efforts made by the government or NGOs to encourage access to education and health services for women.
However, this effort is getting harder with the Corona pandemic.
Millions of people have lost their jobs and parents are desperate to provide for their children.
Poverty, lack of education, vulnerability to security, encouraging child marriage, and the current crisis is exacerbating the existing conditions, said Jha.
Based on UN data, it is estimated that 12 million girls worldwide are married before the age of 18 every year. The UN also warns of the economic and social impacts that the current Corona pandemic could have, because it is feared that this figure could increase by 13 million in the next decade.