Child marriage: historical reality around the globe and in Bangladesh – A literature review

  • Mohiuddin Ahsanul Kabir Chowdhury International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh
  • Salma Morium Premier University, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Abstract

Child marriage, defined as marriage before 18 years, is a reality for more than 60 million women worldwide. This is more prevalent in developing countries including Bangladesh. Although the universal age for the marriage of women is 18 years, the girls get married earlier across different countries depending on the socio-cultural perspective. Globally child marriage is not uncommon even in this twenty first century; however, the phenomenon is concentrated in the developing countries, especially in Africa and South Asia. Currently Bangladesh is securing the 8th position among the highest burdened countries with child marriage. This literature review attempts to illuminate over the overall scenario of child marriage with special emphasis on Bangladesh situation. Besides, we also reviewed for drivers, consequences and legal aspects of child marriage. The evidences suggest that education, women empowerment and programmes involving the community stakeholders with bottom-up approach can be effective in preventing child marriage and can foster change relatively quickly.

Author Biographies

Mohiuddin Ahsanul Kabir Chowdhury, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh

Senior Research Investigator, Maternal and Child Health Division, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Salma Morium, Premier University, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Assistant Professor, Department of Law, Premier University, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Published
2018-07-15
How to Cite
CHOWDHURY, Mohiuddin Ahsanul Kabir; MORIUM, Salma. Child marriage: historical reality around the globe and in Bangladesh – A literature review. Archives of Psychology, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 7, july 2018. ISSN 2573-7902. Available at: <https://archivesofpsychology.org/index.php/aop/article/view/80>. Date accessed: 14 aug. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.31296/aop.v2i7.80.

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