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Child marriages in Asia rise as COVID drives more into poverty

School closures and poor families leave girls little choice but to tie the knot

Hafsa, a 14-year-old school girl, sits with friends and neighbors while posing for photos on her wedding day in Bangladesh.   © Sipa via AP

TOKYO -- Child marriages are surging in Asia and other developing countries, raising concerns that the international community may miss its goal of ending the practice by 2030 as pandemic-related causalities surge.

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