Journal Article

Child Marriage, Society and the Law: A Study in a Rural Context in West Bengal, India

Biswajit Ghosh

in International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family

Volume 25, issue 2, pages 199-219
Published in print August 2011 | ISSN: 1360-9939
Published online May 2011 | e-ISSN: 1464-3707 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/ebr002
Child Marriage, Society and the Law: A Study in a Rural Context in West Bengal, India

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There is a silent complicity in child marriage in India and many rural and backward communities treat it as normal. The Government has recently amended the law to prohibit such marriage. Even though the legal framework is not bereft of problems, field data do not suggest any reduction in the incidence of child marriage. For socioeconomic reasons, the practice continues unabated. This article, based on field experiences in the Malda district of West Bengal, tries to analyse the factors leading to the continuation of the practice in order to explore social policy to prevent this social evil.

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Subjects: Family Law ; Marriage and the Family

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