Institute for Global Health


Children eloping to marry in rural Nepal: exploring the causes and consequences

children eloping

Project Summary

In Nepal, child marriage is illegal, but data from 2014 show that 37% of women aged 20-24 were married before the age of 18 (Central Bureau of Statistics, 2015).

Although most child marriages are arranged by families, in some parts of Nepal children are eloping to get married (Ghimire et al., 2013). Concepts of dating and love marriage are taboo in rural areas, and there is little evidence about the drivers of elopement, and its' effect on families and children.

Our research with children and adults married as children will enable their perspectives to be integrated in the design and implementation of programmes and policies to address child marriage in rural Nepal.

Links to other research

Other research from IGH in Adolescent Health

Other research from IGH in Nepal