• Saturday, Feb 04, 2023
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Study: 80% slum girls victims of child marriage

  • Published at 01:58 pm May 22nd, 2014
Study: 80% slum girls victims of child marriage

Nearly 80% of the slum girls in the capital are the victims of child marriage while 46% of slum boys get married before they turn 18, according to a survey by Save the Children.

The figures were published at a national event “Children Living in Dhaka Slums: Context and Analysis” in Gulshan 1 yesterday. It was organised by Save the Children and two reports, namely “Urbanization Trends and Implications for Children” and “Situation Analysis of Selected Slums in Dhaka City”, were presented there.

The reports said around 52% of underage marriages took place because of the availability of a suitable partner. The other factors include, poverty and fear of sexual harassment which accounted for 20% and 19% of the marriages respectively. Reasons for the rest were said to be miscellaneous at 9%.

Around 40% of the households surveyed said they had children working 11-12 hours a day, 32% had children working 9-10 hours and children from the rest of the families work less compared to others.

Speaking at the programme, Manager of The Nielsen Company Bangladesh Ltd AKM Fazlur Rahman said: “At least one family member in around 84% of the households fell ill in the last thirty days. 36% of children and 57% of the adults fail to attend schools and offices due to sickness once in a month.”

37% of the boys and 47% of the girls in slums attend schools, according to the reports.

Most of the slum dwellers were found to be unaware of birth registration. 41% of the parents do not comprehend the importance of birth registration, 32% did not know where to get it from and 27% could not afford the registration process. 

Among 17% of the households with working children, 44% work in the garment industry, 24% in small stores, 9% beg, and the rest 23% in other sectors including domestic help. In addition, nearly 9% of the domestic workers become victims of assault by employers.

“Bangladesh has taken so many steps to reduce child mortality rate and creating the scope for primary education but there are a lot more things needed to be done,” said Save the Children Country Director Michael McGrath.

Dr Shahana Nazneen, programme director of Shishuder Jonno Programme under Save the Children, said: “The key reason for migration of the slum people is the state of being landless, river erosion, the search for employment and better jobs. The parents leave their children alone at home for 8-10 hours a day which is why the children take part in criminal acts, drug peddling and also become victims of abduction.”

Recommendations made to improve the situation include prevention of child marriage, addressing the needs of adolescent girls, construction of separate latrines, spaces for children to play, rehabilitation, vocational training, raising awareness of importance of birth registration and after-school support in education.

Around 422 households of 10 slums in Dhaka were surveyed from December 2013 to January 2014 to prepare the reports. 

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail