Early teen mar­riages have many down­sides

The Star Malaysia - - Views - NU­RUL FARAHANIM RAIMI Shah Alam

TH­ESE days, we see a ris­ing rate of teen mar­riages in Malaysia and it has be­come al­most like a trend for young­sters to fol­low. Most of the time, the av­er­age age of teenagers who get mar­ried is be­tween 15 and 18 years old.

The fac­tors that con­trib­ute to teen mar­riages are love, teen preg­nancy, ar­ranged mar­riages, and eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal or cul­tural rea­sons. There are also some who use their re­li­gion’s name to make the mar­riage sound le­gal to ev­ery­one when they ac­tu­ally have done some­thing wrong that led them to tie the knot.

I would say that some of the teenagers who choose to tie the knot do so be­cause they are deeply in love and want to share their life­time with their part­ner. They abruptly make the de­ci­sion to get in­volved in a mar­riage be­cause they be­lieve that once they get mar­ried, ev­ery­thing will be pic­ture per­fect.

As for those who are forced by their fam­i­lies, they can­not go against their fam­i­lies’ re­quest as usu­ally their par­ents would help sup­port them even af­ter they get mar­ried.

How­ever, shoul­der­ing such a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity at such a young age re­quires teenagers to sac­ri­fice their teenage life and free­dom to ex­plore new ex­pe­ri­ences that the world has to of­fer.

As teens get mar­ried with no per­ma­nent ca­reer and lit­tle ed­u­ca­tion, their life jour­ney will be tougher than they ex­pect. They will face a lot of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties which they will not be ma­ture enough to han­dle. The jobs that they hold will not pro­vide them with enough money, caus­ing them to work ex­tra time or do an­other part-time job. When teens have too much on their plate, they will fo­cus less on each other. That is when they start to put the blame on each other and bicker reg­u­larly.

With a lack of ed­u­ca­tion, they will not have the chance to pur­sue a bet­ter ca­reer and ex­pand their knowl­edge in or­der to have a brighter fu­ture.

In a nut­shell, a mar­riage may look promis­ing for teenagers but the neg­a­tive fac­tors far out­weigh the pos­i­tive ones.

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