Knowledge and Attitude of Adolescent Girls on Child Marriage- Experiences from Bangladesh.
Md. Anamul Hoque1,Mohammed Mamun Or Rashid2
Journal Title:Advance Research Journal of Multidisciplinary Discoveries
Child marriage is a global problem with 38% of adolescent girl being married before the age of 15 in Bangladesh. Since research on this particular issue is very scanty, this study attempts to explore the level of knowledge of the adolescent girls about the child marriage. Analyzing both quantitative and qualitative primary data, the study finds that the practice of child marriage is extensive and common among the households having financial difficulties. Male stokers’ underhand manner, likelihood of daughters’ involvement in illegitimate relationship and eloping and premarital pregnancy compel parents to practicing child marriage in the study area. As per marriage law in Bangladesh the minimum legal age of marriage for girls is 18 years and boys is 21 years1 . Any marriage before these ages can be treated as child marriage. Despite such legal obligation; child marriage is happening in Bangladesh particularly in slum and rural areas. According to various studies, poverty and ignorance of the parents/ guardians about the consequence of child marriage, less access to sexual & reproductive health services and prevailing social norms of marriage are the main reasons for child marriage2 .
KEY WORDS: Bangladesh, child marriage, adolescent girl, slum, impact of child marriage.