Health Desk--31 March, 2019: Proper application of law and social awareness are needed to stop child marriage in the country, said Aid Organization on Saturday.
Quoting a report, it said Bangladesh has ranked the fourth highest prevalent rate of child marriage in the world and the highest in Asia, with 62.8 percent of women aged 20-49 be married off before the age of 18.
Child marriage puts an end to the education for the girls and contributes to dropout of girls from the education.
Terming child marriage a blow to national economy, the NGO said child marriage takes a heavy toll on health and survival of a child mother and her offspring.
It said women economic emancipation and empowerment are two of the major indicators for the SDGs, which Bangladesh would like to achieve properly.
Hailing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s bold step to control child marriage, it said “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has rightly pledged to eliminate Child Marriage by 2041.”
Eliminating child marriage is complex because situations created by individual households due to economic and social circumstances may go against national policies that promote and protect the human rights for girls, it opined.
It underscored need for proper implementation of laws, birth Registration, marriage registration and mass awareness to end the problem.