As World Makes Gains Against Child Marriage, Nepal Struggles to Catch Up

June 6, 2019
Bhadra Sharma and Kai Schultz, NY Times

In many parts of the world, the battle against child marriage is being won, with global rates dropping significantly over the last decade, largely because of progress in South Asia. But the story is complicated in Nepal, one of the region’s poorest countries, where activists say these marriages are increasing in some villages. According to new data released Friday by Unicef, about 765 million people alive today were married as children. Nepal has some of the world’s highest rates of such marriages, Unicef found, even though the practice has technically been illegal in the country since 1963