Justice For Every Child - A Pan India Campaign Against Child Marriage
Justice For Every Child - A Pan India Campaign Against Child Marriage

How Can We Build A Child Marriage Free India?


Justice For Every Child - An Initiative By Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation And NDTV - NDTV Special Projects

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About The Campaign

About The Campaign

Child marriage continues to cast a dark shadow on the lives of millions of girls in India. Every fourth woman surveyed in the 20-24 age group was married before they turned 18.

Child marriage is an age-old social evil, which is prevalent in our society since time immemorial. It has no barriers of caste, culture or religion.

Child marriage brings an abrupt end to a girl’s childhood, on one hand, and threatens her health on the other. It triggers the vicious cycle of inter-generational poor health, thus affecting the economic development of the country.

According to the National Family Health Survey-5 (2019-21), the overall rate of child marriages has dropped from 26.8 per cent (2015-16) to 23.3 per cent.

However, it is still high despite laws, programmes and schemes in place to address the issue.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal target 5.3 calls to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

The ugly practice of child marriage needs urgent attention from the stakeholders including decision-makers, youth, civil society, media and the country's citizens. Now is the time to act and come together to eradicate this social evil and prevent children from falling prey to this crime.

Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) along with NDTV has launched a pan-India campaign on creating a 'Child Marriage Free India'. The primary objective of the campaign is to reduce child marriages to 10 per cent from the current level of 23.3 per cent by 2025.


Objectives Of The Campaign

  • Reducing child marriages from 23.3% (NFHS 5) to 10% by 2025 and making India child-marriage-free by 2030
  • Making 50,000 villages in 300 districts across India child marriage free by 2025
  • Ensuring 5 Crore pledges from citizens across India to end child marriage
  • Strengthening community and village-level institutions to garner support in ending this social evil
  • Sensitising women leaders and equipping them to raise their voices against child marriage
  • Appealing to faith leaders, local communities, temples, mosques and churches to not support the solemnisation of any child marriage in their regions
  • Building the capacity of law enforcement and child protection agencies to act on complaints related to child marriage

About Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation

The Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation (KSCF), founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, envisions a world where every child can live freely with dignity, where all children have the fundamental right to be free, safe, healthy and educated, thereby realizing their real potential. Its mission is to end all violence against and exploitation of children by focusing on three Ps: Policy, Practice & People.

    KSCF’s Mission


    • Protect child rights through holistically tackling violence against children - abuse, illiteracy and poor health.Protect child rights through holistically tackling violence against children - abuse, illiteracy and poor health.
    • Become a global voice against violence against children through movement creation and research.
    • Enable global and national policies and their implementation for protecting children
    • Work towards capacity building of all stakeholders, including governments, corporates, grassroots organizations for child rights protection and promotion.
    • Become a global platform to disseminate best practices relating to child protection and child rights promotion, and bridge the trust deficit between various stakeholders