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The article looks into the possibilities of an increased tendency of child marriage in the backdrop of an increased probability of rise in poverty and distress given the COVID-19 pandemic and joblessness. ‘Poverty is a known driver of child marriage’ since in India girls are looked at ‘as a burden’. And in the absence of the capabilities of child support number of families are expected to resort to marrying their girl children off as a ‘survival mechanism’ and relieving themselves off from the responsibility and extra burden of taking care of an additional mouth. The topic is significant from the point of discrimination against women, an integral part of Indian Society section of General Studies (GS) Mains Paper 1.
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