Child Brides: do you think Islam could have anything to do with it?

“On BBC TV yesterday an excellent and disturbing report on Child brides in Bangladesh, called “Wedding Breakers”. The “breakers” refers to the efforts of women and one remarkable young boy (10 years old) to stop the practice of marrying off young girls in Bangladesh as young as ten. The figures are shocking: one in five girls in Bangladesh is married before 18 — the legal age for marriage — and the results are a life of virtual slavery, no education, early pregnancy and the danger of fistula — permanent incontinence — which makes them outcasts even in their own families. There are said to be over 1 million girls with the condition — it’s operable, but only a tiny fraction have the money for the operation.”

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