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    Bangladesh has highest prevalence of child marriage in South Asia: Unicef

    Despite significant progress in recent years, Bangladesh has the highest prevalence of child marriage in South Asia and ranks among 10 countries in the world with the highest levels, said Unicef today.

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    Child marriages up in June: MJF

    Child marriages have increased sharply in the country with 462 girls falling victim in June during the coronavirus pandemic, Manusher Jonno Foundation said today in its monthly telephonic survey report.

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    Roundtable discussion on Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017

    Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Population Council jointly hosted the Roundtable Discussion on the Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 in collaboration with the University of Kent...

  • Nearly 7.5 lakh teenagers give birth every year

    The adolescent (15-19 years) birth rate in Bangladesh is still high as approximately 750,000 adolescent girls are giving birth annually, according to a new UN report.

  • Still the highest in the region

    A staggering 59 percent of the marriages that took place in Bangladesh between 2006 and 2017 involved brides below the age of 18, says a UN study.

  • Using sport against child marriage

    Using sport against child marriage

    Despite social and family barriers and financial hardships, the Tangail's girls' football team, comprising of 17 players, is moving forward thanks to team manager Kamrunnahar Munni's intensive efforts.

  • Using sport against child marriage

    Using sport against child marriage

    Despite social and family barriers and financial hardships, the Tangail's girls' football team, comprising of 17 players, is moving forward thanks to team manager Kamrunnahar Munni's intensive efforts.

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    Child Marriage of Rohingya girl stopped in Malaysia

    The wedding dinner is being prepared for about 100 guests. But the police knocked on the door as the bride was an 11-year-old girl who was about to be married off to a man 10 years older than her.

  • Tortured for a good deed

    A madrasa teacher and an imam of a mosque have been beaten up allegedly for preventing a child marriage at Hatia upazila in Noakhali.

  • Child marriage law must be stringent

    It has been one year since the controversial Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 has been enacted. At a recent discussion among rights groups it was revealed that as rules under the Act have not been formulated, there has been a rise in misuse of the law.

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    'Sea change' needed to achieve goal of ending child marriage

    A "sea change" is needed to achieve a global goal of ending child marriage by 2030, campaigners say ahead of a major meeting aimed at stopping the practice.

  • Triumph of a teenager

    The wedding was to be held yesterday.

  • Child Marriage: Declines globally, not in Bangladesh

    Child marriages still remain high in Bangladesh, although the rate is globally declining, with the largest drop in South Asia, according

  • Banning child marriage in light of religion

    The Child Marriage Restraint Act 2017 which allowed girls under 18 and boys under 21 to be married off under “special circumstances” was undoubtedly the country's most controversial law of 2017.

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    Obliged to stop it, he does the opposite

    If informed about a child marriage, a union parishad chairman, like any other local government representative, becomes legally obliged to step in to stop the social evil.

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    999 service used to stop child marriage

    A person used the newly introduced toll-free national emergency helpline 999 service to stop a child marriage in Chittagong's Rangunia early yesterday.

  • Trishal girls in action

    A group of 12 schoolgirls has created waves in the local community by preventing four child marriages over the last two weeks in Balipara union of Trishal upazila of Mymensingh.

  • HC wants explanation from govt in stopping child marriage

    The High Court issues a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks why union parishad chairmen and members, ward councilors of city corporations and municipalities will not be held responsible for the child marriage in their respective areas.

  • Failing our girls

    It is often said that if you want to know the truth about the world, ask a child. Perhaps, it's an unconditioned mind that lets a child see things for what they really are.

  • International Day of the Girl Child 2017 at the KIB Auditorium

    The gritty girls

    Shabana Akhter was a student of class eight when her father arranged her marriage with a complete stranger, but she could not let

  • India's top court says sex with child bride is always rape

    Sex with a minor amounts to rape even if the couple are married, India's top court rules, closing a legal loophole that allows some perpetrators to escape punishment.

  • In desperation

    Bithi Akter's mehendi is still peeping out from under the bandage wrapped around her wound on the left hand. The 15-year-old

  • The staggering costs of child marriage

    Despite our efforts of curbing and criminalising child marriages, the practice continues. Here, we must point out yet again that the special provision to allow child marriages under special circumstances that has been added to the Child Marriage Restraint Act could undo the limited progress we had made to protect the rights of girls in this country, and give such marriages a legal sanction.

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    Child marriages will cost poor countries trillions of dollars

    Child marriage will cost developing countries trillions of dollars in the next decade, seriously hampering global efforts to eradicate poverty, the World Bank said on Tuesday.

  • Robbing our children of their childhood

    Jharna (not her real name), a 14-year-old girl living in Rayerbazar slum in Dhaka, fears that all her dreams may be dashed because of early marriage as she is from a community that expects girls to be married off and bear children even before they reach adulthood. Jharna, who is a child, doesn't want that.

  • Bizarre excuse to not stop child marriages

    Child marriage – despite the caveat in the new amendment of the law – remains illegal in the country. Last Friday, as eight under-age girls were about to be married off in Dinajpur, locals informed the local administration.

  • Another regression therapy for Bangladesh?

    A recent move by the Government to allow child marriage under special circumstances is tantamount to excluding many Bangladeshis from the benefits of growth and development.

  • A last call to protect our children

    On the first day of April in 1930, a law came into force in the then Indian subcontinent restraining child marriage.

  • Underage marriage bill passed

    Much to the public's dismay, the parliament has passed the Child Marriage Restraint Act-2017 with a very significant proviso – special circumstances -- that allows a boy or a girl to get married before reaching the minimum age limit.

  • Symposium on “The Proposed Child Marriage Restraint Law in Bangladesh: Legal and social aspects”

    In Bangladesh child marriages is one of the most common phenomenon and the existing law in the country has failed to eliminate child marriage.