chapter  XVIII
10 Pages

Child Marriage

ByM.K. Gandhi, Neerja Arun Gupta

The custom of child marriage is both a moral as well as a physical evil. The Madras case would have been impossible if there had been a living public opinion against child marriage. It is sometimes difficult for grown up girls with fixed ideas and habits to adapt themselves in a new home. The chief objection to early marriage is that it weakens the health of the girl and her children. But some parents in our country seem to think that even their grown up children are bound to follow every wish of theirs especially when it relates to such things as marriage as if they could have no will of their own in the matter. It has been my experience that when a grown up boy or girl takes up a just and right position and adheres to it with absolute firmness there is the least amount of difficulty created by the parents.