According to the latest 2007 Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey (BDHS), 66 per cent of women aged 20 to 24 were married before the age of 18. In addition, UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children 2011 report revealed that one-third of Bangladeshi women now aged between 20-24 were married off by the age of 15.
Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, but you might be surprised to learn that the practice has been prohibited in Bangladesh for nearly eight decades. The legal age for marriage – 21 for boy; 18 for girls – was established by the National Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929.”
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