Argumentative Essay On Early Marriage

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Marriage is one of the most important parts of a person’s life. Some girls get married early, while others prefer to get married when they are older. Child marriage was very common in the past. In past decades, a lot of girls used to get married when they were children and many started having babies while they were still in their teens. The practice of early marriage is most common in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The most extreme cases take place in Afghanistan and Bangladesh, where 54 percent of girls are married by the age 18. Many societies, primarily in Africa and South Asia, continue to support the idea that girls should marry during or soon after puberty. However, in terms of absolute numbers, India exceeds other countries by a …show more content…
There are several negative effects of child marriage on psychological state: a loss of adolescence, forced sexual relations, and the denial of freedom and personal development. UNICEF (2001) found that “the impact of early marriage on girls can be subtle and insidious and the damage hard to assess. It includes such intangible factors as the effect of a girl’s loss of mobility and her confinement to the home and to household roles” (p. 10). In addition, when girls get married early, they can be forced to have sexual relations. According to Hervish and Feldman-Jacobs (2011), there are no differences between sexual assault without being married and sexual assault in the marriage. Furthermore, girls are not ready to become wives and mothers physically and emotionally, they are children and they want to enjoy their childhood and play games with other kids, and it will be hard to bring up their own babies. Thus, child marriage should be banned, because it will negatively affect children’s psychological …show more content…
Education is the foundation of life and the survival of an individual without it is not possible, but many married children are not able to get education. In most of the cases, girls are expected to leave school in order to care for their husband and home, or begin childbearing and childcare (Lane, 2014). The removal from school of a young girl to marry, or to work in her parents’ or another household in preparation for married life, limits her opportunities to develop her intellect. She also loses out on socializing, making friends outside her family circle, and many other useful skills. This reduces her chances of developing her own independent identity. According to research made by Harvard University (2013), married children are 2.11 times more likely not to be in school than single children. In addition, marriage constrains girls’ lives more than boys: only 57% of married girls were enrolled in school compared to 80% of married boys. According to UNICEF (2001), when girls get married, they are immediately withdrawn from school in some countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Indonesia. Finally, when children get married too early they also have less opportunity to study, because they will need some money to provide their families with and they will have to work instead of study. Children should be properly educated to

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