The Straits Times
Published on Oct 12, 2012

UN report warns of possible rise in child marriages


UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The number of girls who marry before their 18th birthday could increase dramatically over the next two decades, a new UN report has warned.

It was released on Thursday, thee first International Day of the Girl Child.

If current trends continue, the tally of such unions will rise to 14.2 million a year in 2020, and 15.1 million each year in 2030, according to the report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The survey shows that despite efforts to rein in the practice, the frequency of such weddings has remained fairly constant in the developing world over the past decade.