How did British control underage marriage
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the British colonial administration introduced Child Marriage Restraint Act to curb underage marriages. This law was enforced to restrain child solemnisation by ratifying punitive measures for offenders. For example the Child Marriage Restraint Act provides that any parent or guardian found guilty of aiding marriages among minors, shall be imprisoned for a period of not less than three months and shall also be liable to a hefty fine. This policy proved decisive in deterring Americans from getting involved in underage marriages.