Nepal is a socio-culturally diverse country, with different castes, ethnicities, religions, and geographical areas. As a consequence of these diversities, Nepali people adopt a diverse set of rituals and practices that have both positive and negative consequences. Early marriage is an example of a practice with negative consequences. In fact, the practice of early marriage is a traditional practice that is more widespread amongst less advanced communities and this practice invariably affects the physical, intellectual, psychological, emotional, and educational aspects of those individuals who are engaged in the early marital practices .
In Nepal , marriage before the age of 20 is considered to be child marriage. But in rural areas still marriage before 16 is common. In some communities, child marriage is a customary, socially established practices that has been carried on for generation.
Dolakha District, a part of Bagmati Province, is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. The district, with Charikot as its district headquarters, covers an area of 2,191 km2 (846 sq mi) and had a population of 204,229 in 2001 and 186,557 in 2011.
Three Municipalities have more child marriage and young bride in Dolakha District
Bhimeswor Municipality : Ward no 2 & 5 (4767 Population as per 2011 Census)
Kalinchowk Rural Municipality : Ward no 1-9 (22,954 Population as per 2011 Census)
Bigu Rural Municipality : Ward 1-8 (18,449 Population as per 2011 Census)
The Government of Nepal recently endorsed a new National Strategy on Ending Child Marriage and has set the legal age of marriage at 20 to discourage early marriages. Based upon the need assessment and government national strategy following will be intervention program to mitigate the early marriage .
Empowering adolescent girls
Improving adolescent-friendly sexual and reproductive health
Project funds will be used in following activities
1.School Awareness Program
2.Community Awareness Program
4.Awareness Hoarding Board
5.Meeting with different stakeholder
7.Reporductive health with free washable sanitary pad
8.Counselling to the parent