A 10-year-old actress plays the role of a girl forced into marriage for an Amnesty International campaign. Photo: AFP
A 10-year-old actress plays the role of a girl forced into marriage for an Amnesty International campaign. Photo: AFP

In South Asia, coronavirus and poverty are forcing girls as young as 8 into marriage

  • Forced marriage has long been a problem in India and Pakistan, but the pandemic has made things worse by forcing millions out of work
  • Girls are seen by some as a financial burden from the moment they menstruate. For desperate families, marrying them off seems an easy option

A 10-year-old actress plays the role of a girl forced into marriage for an Amnesty International campaign. Photo: AFP
A 10-year-old actress plays the role of a girl forced into marriage for an Amnesty International campaign. Photo: AFP
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