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India is a secular democratic nation-state, with a population of over 1 billion, a poverty rate at best estimated at 22% [1].  It ranks as the 55th worst country with regard to its maternal mortality rate[2] with estimates as high as 450 per 100,000 [3], and has an infant mortality rate of 44-55 per 1000[4]. All the above factors have a direct corollary to child marriage: poverty, maternal mortality (think babies having babies), and thus, infant mortality is directly related to the national age of marriage. ….