Girls as young as 10 married off—often to older men—in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia and one girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children. "Child marriage starts a cycle of disadvantage that denies girls the most basic rights to learn, develop and be children," said Save the Children International chief executive officer Helle Thorning-Schmidt. "Girls who marry too early often can't attend school, and are more likely to face domestic violence, abuse and rape. They fall pregnant and are exposed to STIs including HIV." ‘Early marriage not only deprives girls of education and opportunities but increases the risk of death or childbirth injuries if they have babies before their bodies are ready.’ The report ranks countries from the best to the worst in which to be a girl, based on child marriage, schooling, teen pregnancy, maternal deaths and number of female lawmakers. Niger, Chad, Central African Republic, Mali and Somalia were ranked at the bottom of the index. Researchers say conflict, poverty and humanitarian crises are major factors that leave girls exposed to underage marriage. Source: Medindia << Using Same Hospital Bed as Prior Patient Who Received Antib... Overuse of Mechanical Ventilators in Advanced-Dementia Pati... >> Recommended Reading Change In Law on Rape and Child Marriage Awaited By Morocco As the kingdom's parliament works to amend a law that allows a rapist to escape prison by marrying his victim, defenders of women's rights in Morocco are inching closer to a long-awaited goal. READ MORE Child Marriages Continue to Thrive in Bihar Fifteen-year-old Anita Kumari's dreams came to a halt when she was forced into the age old custom of child marriage. READ MORE Educational Support for Girls Delays Child Marriage In Sub-Saharan Africa: US-Based NGO In sub-Saharan Africa, more than one in 10 girls are married before the age of 15 and four in ten are married before the age of 18, demonstrates a study. READ MORE First Girl Summit in Nepal Focuses on Ending Child Marriage By 2030 British Prince Harry graced the Nepal's first ever Girl Summit that aims to accelerate momentum around the issue of child marriage. READ MORE Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married? The stigma linked to staying single is gradually disappearing. More people opt to stay single and many even claim to be happier. But there are both advantages and disadvantages to staying single. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Post-Nasal Drip Color Blindness Calculator Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants More News on: Is Life Better Staying Single or Getting Married?