The Hidden Reality of Child Marriage in the UK

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The Hidden Reality of Child Marriage in the UK

It is often assumed that child marriage is only a problem in developing countries, but the truth is that it is also prevalent in the UK. This article will delve into the concealed truth of child marriage in the UK, highlighting the difficulties faced by these vulnerable individuals.

Understanding Child Marriage

Child marriage is described as any marriage where one person is under the age of 18. While the legal age for marriage in the UK is 18, exceptions exist that permit 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent. Despite seeming insignificant, the repercussions of child marriage can be severe for the young individuals involved.

The Impact on Children

Child marriage can severely impact the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of young people. They are often coerced into marriages against their wishes, resulting in feelings of loneliness, depression, and low self-esteem. Additionally, these young individuals are at a higher risk of experiencing domestic violence and abuse within their marriages.

Quotes on Child Marriage

– “Child marriage is a violation of human rights that deprives young girls of their childhood and future.” – Malala Yousafzai
– “Child marriage perpetuates a cycle of poverty and gender inequality that needs to be addressed.” – Kofi Annan

The Legal Framework

Despite the legal marriage age in the UK being 18, there are loopholes that enable child marriage to take place. For instance, the Marriage Act of 1949 allows 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent, placing young people at risk of forced marriages.

Challenges in Reporting

A major challenge in tackling child marriage in the UK is the lack of reporting and awareness surrounding the issue. Many young individuals may not feel comfortable speaking out about their forced marriages due to fear of repercussions or absence of support systems.

Quoting Human Rights Activist

In the words of #Nada_Alahdal, “Child marriage is a serious violation of human rights that must be eradicated at all costs. Young people deserve the freedom to live their lives without being compelled into marriages against their will.” @nadalahdal


Child marriage is a concealed reality in the UK that requires immediate attention. By increasing awareness, offering support to young individuals at risk, and closing legal loopholes facilitating child marriage, we can strive towards ending this harmful practice. It is essential for society to unite and safeguard the rights of young individuals who deserve to live a life free from coercion and exploitation.


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