Child Marriage Globally

An article published in Time in June 2012:

Why Is It So Hard to Combat Child Marriage?
Organizations across the globe fight to end the practice, but entrenched traditions, poverty and ineffectual governance stifle the chances for real progress.

Another article about child brides published in June 2011 in National Geogrpahic:

Too Young to Wed. The secret world of child brides
Because the wedding was illegal and a secret, except to the invited guests, and because marriage rites in Rajasthan are often conducted late at night, it was well into the afternoon before the three girl brides in this dry farm settlement in the north of India began to prepare themselves for their sacred vows. They squatted side by side on the dirt, a crowd of village women holding sari cloth around them as a makeshift curtain, and poured soapy water from a metal pan over their heads. Two of the brides, the sisters Radha and Gora, were 15 and 13, old enough to understand what was happening. The third, their niece Rajani, was 5. She wore a pink T-shirt with a butterfly design on the shoulder. A grown-up helped her pull it off to bathe.