Awareness is better then prevention

RabiaWaqar
Posted February 10, 2019 from Pakistan

I was just going through today’s newspaper, when a news item on metropolis dragged my attention. Its headline says “Marriage of underage girl prevented”.

What does that mean? My mind was suddenly stop thinking about anything else but only the girl who is just nine years old and was getting married to a 40 years old man. What does the word “prevented” means here?  What are we preventing? Our future or Our children? Why we need a law or law enforcement agencies to prevent such actions. Why can’t we; as a father or mother can prevent our child from such painful lives?

The incident was about to happen in Dadu, located in province of Sindh in Pakistan, which I believe is an underprivileged village with almost zero education. But as parents, we have a common sense that what is good for our child and what is not. What are the reasons behind these marriages? Who is responsible for these inhuman acts? These are debatable questions but no one bothers to answer or solve them.  

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Jill Langhus
Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi Rabia,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Thanks for sharing your sad, but thought-provoking post. It's a very good question what the reasons are behind the marriages and something that I agree parents need to be responsible for making these decisions since the children are so young in these cases. Looking forward to seeing more posts from you.

Hope you're having a good day...

RabiaWaqar
Feb 11
Feb 11

Thank you so much.. Here in Pakistan, the most important reason behind these child marriages is poverty. Fathers actually sell their daughters and in return they get money or a piece of land. For me, this is once again the failure of the government that is unable to feed its people.

Jill Langhus
Feb 12
Feb 12

You're welcome, dear. Yes, I would imagine so, unfortunately:-( But if it was a boy would they be willing to marry them off? Too sad that there are so many starving people in the world.

Hello, Rabia,

Your post reminds me of an old woman I met when we were conducting a community profiling in the hinterlands away from our city. She shared how her parents forced her to marry an old man when she was only 11 years old. Sometimes it's the culture that allows these marriages. Sometimes it's poverty. But this should not be.

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