Study on child Marriage in Afganistan


  This paper is a preliminary examination of some of the dimensions of child marriage in Afghanistan and its consequences. It includes information about traditional views of marriage, current marriage laws, international standards, reports of mm psychologists and gynecologists, opinions of Afghan experts and authorities, and data from prisons, schools, and hospitals. Almost all respondents interviewed in the course of this study, from school girls through to legal experts, felt that child marriage must be prosecuted and stopped with the will and efforts of relevant government agencies and institutions. Many suggested that a much higher minimum age of marriage is appropriate, usually somewhere in the twenties. The authors hope their modest study will help stimulate attention to this problem, and promote such efforts to bring child marriage to an end, and so ensure that a greater proportion of Afghan girls have their basic rights respected.


S. Bahgam



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