Early marriage in Afganistan


This study in an attempt to understand the reasons, causes and consequences of early childhood marriages in Afganistan. The data collection took place through case studies and 200 underage girls were interviewed. To obtain more information in terms of harms and detriments of early childhood marriages, long and ad hoc interviewswere conducted by sixteen experts. The findings of the study suggested that around 40% of the respondents were married at an age between 10-13 years, 32.5% at 14 and 27.5% at 15.A large number of the interviewees (46 women), had an age difference of about 16 years with their husbands. The authors concluded that a variety of factors may lead to child marriage. Amongst these are poverty,parent’s illiteracy, poor economic situation and the fact that these families live inrural areas. Child marriages have negative and unexpected consequences which include the propagation of diseases and the increase of divorces.


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