‘Odisha has more than 50,000 minor mothers’

Bhubaneswar: In a shocking revelation, the Directorate of Census Operations has said in its report based on 2011 census that Odisha has more than 50,000 minor mothers.

Marriage of 41,729 minor girls has been solemnized while 6,789 girls have become mother of two children before attaining the age of 15.

As per the report released yesterday, around 2.9 lakh girls between 15 and 19 years of age have married in the State. Of them, 65,328 have become mothers of at least one child.

The report also showed that about 5.4 lakh women in the State are mothers of seven children while about 14 lakh are mothers of four children. The rule specifies that the marriageable age of girls is after 18 years.