One girl under 15 married every seven seconds: NGO


London—One girl under the age of 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children released on Tuesday, with girls as young as 10 married off – often to much older men – in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India, Pakistan and Somalia.
The report ranks countries from the best to the worst in which to be a girl, based on child marriage, schooling, teen pregnancy, maternal deaths and number of female lawmakers.
Niger, Chad, Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia were ranked at the bottom of the index. Pakistan, India, Afghanistan are at the rank of 88,90 and 121 out of 144 countries.
Researchers say conflict, poverty and humanitarian crises are major factors that leave girls exposed to underage marriage.
Early marriage not only deprives girls of education and opportunities but increases the risk of death or childbirth injuries if they have babies before their bodies are ready.
Save the Children’s report coincides with International Day of the Girl on Tuesday, which was set up by the United Nations in 2011 to recognise the rights of the 1.1 billion girls around the world.