UNICEF estimates child marriage is on significant rise in Afghanistan

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A top UN official expressed worries over a rise in the no. of child marriages in Afghanistan. Sources suggest, reports show that several families have put forward their daughters only 20-days old for future marriages in return for a dowry.

Henrietta Fore, the executive director of UNICEF asserted that estimates showed 28% of Afghan women aged between 15 and 49 years were married before turning 18. He further commented, “I am extremely concerned by the reports that child marriage in Afghanistan has experienced a significant surge. We have received several reports of families offering daughters as young as 20 days old up for future marriage in return for a dowry.”

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