India has the sixth highest prevalence of child marriages in the world with one in every three child bride living in India, Malaysia Nanban reported.
The 10 countries with the highest rate of child marriages are Nigeria, Bangladesh, Chad, Mali, Central African Republic, India, Guinea, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso and Nepal respectively, according to a United Nations report.
In India, 27 per cent of women aged 20 to 49 years were married before age 15 and 31 per cent of women in that age group were married after age 15 but before they turned 18.
Unicef executive director Anthony Lake said child marriage was widespread and could lead to a lifetime of disadvantage and deprivation.
He said girls who married before they turned 18 were less likely to remain in school and more likely to experience domestic violence.