The Fight For Women's Rights
By Faith, Tori, Chad, and Jacob
In China boys are the more highly respected gender. If families don't want a girl they can abort it. Some families do worse thing instead of abortion. Families with a baby girl will kill, throw away or abuse them. Some families will put them up for adoption but it's not that common. Families also don't like raising girls, because when they get married, they move with their husbands and never see their parents again. This is a reason why families like raising boys so they will come back then they are older and take care of them.
Under the 2006 Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, it is illegal for girls under 18 and boys under 21 to marry in India. Those convicted face up to two years in jail and fines of up to 200,000 rupees. However, 2014 UN children’s agency, show that 47% of girls in India were married before they turned 18. The practice is common in rural areas. “Almost all the people know that there is a law in place against child marriage – however, it still takes place as societal norms and pressure pushes people into breaking these rules". Child marriage can result in girls dropping out of school, early pregnancies, and mothers who are ill-equipped to raise children. India still has one of the lowest divorce rates in the world. Ending a marriage still carries shame in rural areas, where a woman will find it very hard to remarry. Divorce also takes longer to rule on in India’s overburdened courts and is very expensive.