The recent supreme court ruling that having sex with a minor wife amounts to rape, could be a huge relief for underage girls in Rajasthan, where 6.3 per cent of the total women population between 15 and 19 years are already mothers or been pregnant.
According to the 2011 Census, 31.6 per cent of girls in Rajasthan were married before the age of 18. A more recent survey by the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) 2015-16 pointed to an even higher number, with 35.4 percent of girls aged between 20 and 24 years getting married before attaining the legal age.
UNICEF, the United Nations children's agency, has warned on Monday that almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. Famine has been declared in South Sudan.
In Yemen, where war has been continuously raging for almost two years, 462,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition while 450,000 children are severely malnourished in northeast Nigeria.
Petra Kvitova could find out later today how long she is likely to be sidelined for after undergoing surgery on the hand injury she suffered during a knife attack at her home on Tuesday.