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Court strikes down law allowing men to have sex with children as young as 15 provided they have married them. Indian child protection laws already prohibit an adult from having sex with someone below the age of An analysis of the most recent national census by the data journalism initiative India Spend estimated that nearly 12 million Indian children under the age of 10 were married. The majority were girls from poor, rural families with little or no education. The previous legal regime meant a year-old boy who had consensual sex with another girl his age could be charged with statutory rape, while a year-old who raped his year-old wife was committing no crime.
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By Nina Golgowski. At the age of 14, many wouldn't picture their life as a new mother, let alone the wife to another young teen facing alcohol addiction. In the northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan, in a country where 40 percent of the world's child marriages are said to be according to UNICEF, that's the reality for at least one girl named Krishna. For the last three years a Reuters photographer has provided an inside look into the lives of Krishna and her young husband Gopal Kishan, starting with their marriage in May of — he at the age of 13 and she Child bride: At years-old, Krishna peeks out from a wedding veil during her elaborate ceremony to her future husband Gopal Kishan, aged Differences: The ceremony between two as young as them may sound shocking and unusual to some but in India it is nothing unheard of. Beginning: Gopal Kishan stands next to his wife Krishna in , in the first of many photos that would be taken of the young couple over the course of three years. Home together: Now 13 and 15 years old, Krishna stands with her husband Kishan Gopal inside a newly constructed room at their house. Work: Two years after their wedding Gopal Kishan, now 15, works in his family's struggling soybean field outside his village.