Write a short note on Child Marriage:
The practice of child marriage was another social stigma for the women. In November 1817, the Indian reforms association was started with the efforts of Keshav Chandra Sen. A journal called Mahapap Bal Vivah (Child marriage; The Cardinal Sin) was also launched with the efforts of B.M. Malabari fight against child marriage. In 1846, the minimum marriageable age for a girl was only 10 years.
In 1891, through the enactment of the age of Consent Act, this was raised to 12 years. In 1930, through the Sharda Act, the minimum age was raised to 14 years. After, independence, the limit was raised to 18 years in 1978.