The Pros And Cons Of Child Marriage

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Although there have been great strives to empower women in Bangladesh, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s consideration of legislation that would permit child marriage would inevitably reverse the advancements that have been made towards women’s rights in the last few decades. Going in the opposite direction, the law would be conforming to the already prevalent culture of parents pushing their daughters into marriages at an early age. Merry would point out that different perspectives and understandings stem from framing of the issue. NGOs address child marriage by providing awareness and educating girl’s families, the government tries to impose legislation that would allow it, and local actors work towards reframing ideas while using culture as a catalyst for change – the last of which Merry would most likely side with.
How society views an issue influences what laws and measures are enacted. In Human Rights & Gender Violence, Merry offers the example of Bulubulu, a Fijian practice that has been reshaped by the urbanization of the country (Merry, 122). She explains that framing leads to different calls of action for the cultural tradition. Similar to the Bulubulu practice, NGOs, the Bangladeshi government and local citizens have opposing views on child marriage. While the government claims that lowering the legal age limit for marriage is beneficial to young girls because it would prevent discrimination inflicted on them from the community due to “special circumstances, such as
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