Pregnancy- One of the crucial issues of child marriage

May, 19

A married adolescent girl has to have a child in order to prove her importance to her in-laws. How can she hold a good position with her in-laws instead of getting pregnant?

Raseef Bashar

June, 1

This issue is quite complex. Each family/individual has their own viewpoint. The main cause is lack of knowledge. If say their families & in-laws were(about the consequences of underage pregnancy), it would most likely result in much less social pressure coming from the family upon the girl, and the girl being able to make a point. Knowledge is power, so proper education is definitely a must for things to improve. Those who already made the mistake have done it, but if we educate them, they'll hopefully prevent this from happening to their future generation;as they will be someone's in-laws sometime in the future.

Jan Willem Nibbering

June, 1

To help her parents-in-law feel proud of the fact that they, as enlightened and humane parents-in-law, do not force an adolescent daughter-in-lay or put pressure on her in any way, to become pregnant (or put similar pressure on their son). But it starts earlier than this: the would-be parents-in-law should no let their son marry an adolescent girl if marriage means for her to (be)get children right away (there are more reasons of course why marrying as an adolescent is not such a good idea, for both sexes).

Nakib Rajib Ahmed

June, 1

I think married adolescent girls should be encouraged to continue their education through Distance Education System of Bangladesh (open university) or from other informal education sources (schools run by NGO). Availing formal education for them will be very difficult for them. Continuation of education and playing active role in social economy will provide them the capacity to make decisions for her family. Eventually, she will be accepted as a respected member of the in laws family. Only then she can decide to have children during a most convenient time for the family. We all should work for creating favorable environment for their easy access to education.........

Ahsan Ananda

May, 31

She can help the household during her spare time, and she can go to school and get some good education.

Aafke de Bos

May, 31

Let her graduate and find a well paid job. If she can support herself and her family financially, she'll matter more.

Linda Prosé

May, 31

Let her go to school. So she can get a good job to provide for her future family. This will make the family less vulnerable as more people can contribute to the family income. Educated women are also better mums as they have better knowledge how to support their children.

MD Rik

May, 30

poverty and lack of knowledge is the main reason. we should Conscious in this issue.

Geert van Asbeck

May, 30

Go to school, then make a career and earn money.

Irene Chakrabarty

May, 29

maybe her in-laws need a change of mind.... maybe society needs to help changing their minds...... this is what we can do for those girls - we are the society....

Mahbubur Rahman

May, 29

if only she studying with good result...educated herself and her family...

Masud Pervez

May, 29

If that girl can become economically independent, she will have a voice in the family and chances are she will be heard and her opinion will get consideration in the family.

Ariful Islam Arif

May, 29

Awareness building at community level as well as with her in laws can be a good way.

Shantonu Lala

May, 26

Refer them to this website. No, seriously, make her case that she most definitely WANTS to have a child, just not until she's XY years old. Unfortunately, if she had to get married as an adolescent, she probably does not have much of a voice anyway. Therefore, refer them to this website.

Nooreen Chowdhury

May, 26

I believe poverty and lack of knowledge is the main culprit here.

Faaria T

May, 26

There is something inherently wrong with the phase "a married adolescent". An adolescent girl should not be married to begin with. But given the high statistical figures (65% of girls married before the age of 18), this problem cannot be solved overnight. Rather it needs collaborative support from the government as well as the society/community to eliminate it in the long term. Over the past few years, the government of Bangladesh has been giving stipends to girls of secondary schools which has significantly reduced the dropout rates of girls. This is a great way to retain girls in schools and restrict marriage at an early age. Regardless, even if she is married young, she should continue with her education and agree to have a child only after her education is completed. The monetary stipends provided from schools these days (by the government) can also work as an incentive for in-laws to let the girl continue with her schooling and not bear children. Community awareness about the risks of childbirth at an early age can also help reduce the problem.

Sharifa Shirin

May, 26

At first she has to convince her husband about not taking child before she getting mature enough. Then she can convince her mother-in-low at the same way. Above all she has to change the mind set up of her family members (in-laws) positively. At the same time, her husband and the other in-laws have to aware about harmfulness of child pregnancy.

Sharif Bachchu

May, 26

Raising Awareness among the community to be caring for both mental and physical health of adolescent married girls (mere child!) is more important. So that they could realize about the worst effects of early pregnancy impacted on the girl’s health which is negatively impacted on family labor-force ultimately.

Afrin Sadia

May, 26

If that girl can become econimically independent than she can hold a good position with her in-laws instead of getting pregnant.

Mazhar Ronni

May, 26

The most important aspect will be to change the mind set of the in-laws. They must not only learn to respect the girl as a human being, but also see into the fact that she is just a child and treat her that way. The in-laws also have to know how a girl child's body is not mature enough for bearing a child.