Covid 19 School Holidays: Social Hazards

Recently an 8th-grade student from Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh, India reported that her parents are making arrangements to marry her off. She sought intervention from her teacher & authorities which resulted in her favour & she was saved from getting in marriage at such a young age. Several such cases are coming up on the surface where families from the lower-income group are considering the option of the marriage of their wards in order to avoid large gatherings & save money. Families are also considering this alternative as schools are shut & they are clueless upon what to do with their children. Many families are reporting an increased level of domestic abuse owing to excessive stay at home & the absence of a steady source of employment.