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She said she asked her father not to get her married and offered to stay at home and work if she could not go to school, but he refused. A number of countries with high rates of child marriage, including Nepal, have made commitments to reform. Another challenge is cost; even when tuition is free, there are costs associated with attending school, and these costs can be insurmountable for poor families. Richard Bull hide caption. Narendra said he was ten years old before he understood he was married. Any effective strategy should address the root causes of child marriage, especially gender discrimination, which is embedded in both social structures and the legal system. Among the married children interviewed by Human Rights Watch, children who eloped and had love marriages were more likely to have been in school up until the time of their marriage than children who had arranged marriages. The police will never know that child marriage is happening. Among the married children Human Rights Watch interviewed for this report, the boys were more likely to have continued their education after marriage than the girls.