Rais­ing is­sue of child mar­riage

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - AYE­SHA FA­TIMA — Karachi

‘Do you want your daugh­ter to get mar­ried at an early age?’ You would ob­vi­ously not want to do that. I am pleased to say that you must look up for the rais­ing is­sue of child mar­riage. Do you know that there are about 40,000 girls get­ting mar­ried at an early age? Most of the girls die af­ter mar­riage be­cause of the fam­ily pres­sure she can not bear put by her in-laws. Some­times even the hus­bands are cal­lously non-co­op­er­a­tive and ruth­less. So the girl goes deep in de­pres­sion or even loses her life. An­other way that the girls die is that the re­pro­duc­tion of her baby hap­pens at an early age which gives her a lot of agony that she can not with­stand at such a ten­der age.

There is a strong need to cre­ate pub­lic aware­ness about the haz­ards of early mar­riages, and the me­dia can play an ef­fec­tive role to­wards this end. I am sure that child mar­riage will stop soon. I strongly be­lieve that this is­sue should be stopped; else we may lose all moral char­ac­ter thus fall­ing into an abyss of de­struc­tion.

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