115 million boy grooms forced into adulthood, says Unicef
An estimated 115 million boys and men worldwide were married as children, Unicef research has found.
Of those, one in five (23 million) became child grooms before the age of 15.
Unicef analysed data from 82 countries and found child marriage among boys was prevalent in a range of countries around the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific.
"Marriage steals childhood," said Henrietta Fore, Unicef's executive director. "Child grooms are forced to take on adult responsibilities for which they may not be ready.
"Early marriage brings early fatherhood, cutting short education and job opportunities."
The Central African Republic had the highest prevalence of child marriage among males (28pc), followed by Nicaragua (19pc) and Madagascar (13pc).