The All-India Mahila Samskrutika Sanghatane (AIMSS) expressed shock over media reports about India’s refusal to co-opt motion on child, early and forced marriages moved by the United Nation’s Human Rights Council.

In a release issued here, AIMSS general secretary H.G. Jayalaxmi said that as per the media reports as many as 107 countries had co-opted the resolution, while India hadn’t, which was really shocking.

Studies revealed that the country had a national average of 47 per cent with regard to child marriages.

While 60 million child marriages were reported across the world, India accounted for 40 per cent of them.

At a time when reports about assault and exploitation of women were being reported across the country, the Indian government should have shown a positive stand in fighting them. “However, it is really disappointing that the biggest democratic nation has failed to take a rightful stand on the issue.”

AIMSS would urge the Indian government to take a stand in favour of the resolution, she has said in the release.

Adopted on September 27 in New York, the UN motion recognises child marriage as a human rights violation and pledges to eliminate the practice, as part of the its post-2015 global development agenda.

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