MNA Exclusive Desk: While the incidence of child marriage has decreased worldwide, it has increased in Bangladesh. Bangladesh stands fourth in child marriage prevalence, second only to India in numbers.
The three other countries where the child marriage rate is higher than Bangladesh are backward African countries. This report was launched globally on 6 March by UNICEF.
In a statement issued on the day, UNICEF stated that over the past one decade it had been possible to prevent 25 million child marriages. Presently, one out of every five girls is married before 18 years of age.
A decade ago this was one in every four. The most progress has been made in South Asian countries where the percentage of a girl’s marriage before 18 has fallen from 50 per cent to 30 per cent. In all, the prevalence of girl’s marriage before 18 has fallen by 15 per cent. However, the picture in Bangladesh is different.