Forced Marriage in South Asia
by azemaitis on February 1, 2016 - 9:00pm
Assignment 1: Building an outline
a. Topic & Type of Paper/ Justification of Social Issue
The topic of this paper is forced child marriage in South Asia; thus, located in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal. This essay will both be assess through an analytical perspective, examining and interpreting early wedding effects on child brides, as well as an argumentative perspective, proving the negative effects of forced marriage through supporting facts, theory and hypothesis. Therefore, establishing the negatives impacts on young girls live which face forced marriage, this paper will indicate, as well, how solutions to this social issue can be rising.
Forced marriage is a crucial social issue in South Asia as it violates young girls human rights by depriving them of a healthy childhood and risking them to higher psychological distress.
South Asia, due to their population size has the largest number of child brides. Young girls from poorer background and having less access to education are more at high risk to early marriage than others(Docksai, 11). Furthermore, high responsibilities are imposed on them at a very young age (as taking care of a family). They are highly exposed to domestic violence, as well as, health risks linked to complication during childbirth, which is the leading cause of death of girls from 15 to 19 years old worldwide, (Beattie, 2) and HIV/AIDS since they marry older and sexually experienced men.
b. Major areas of interest/ important questions & associated social science disciplines
- Does the socio-cultural structure in South Asia providing less education to woman contrasted to men can be altered, thus, decreasing the traditional use of forced marriage, which is encored in their society? (Sociology)
-How can we through the use of programs of awareness and education decrease psychological effect as depression on young girls undergoing force marriage, which experience isolation and are powerless? (Psychology)
-Can we improve the social status of woman in South Asia through the use of economic security allowing them their ownership to bank account, thus be less dependant on men and leading to a decrease of early marriage? (Economic)
c. Who/ what groups are involved in this issue?
Child marriage in South Asia is usually associated to young girls before the age of 18, which live in poor economic situations (Beattie, 2). Moreover, this social issue also includes the young girls families. Indeed, it impacts their relationships with different families with whom they marry their child and can be use as an economical asset.
Beattie, T. S., Bhattacharjee, P., Isac, S., Davey, C., Javalkar, P., Nair, S., & ... Heise, L. (2015). Supporting adolescent girls to stay in school, reduce child marriage and reduce entry into sex work as HIV risk prevention in north Karnataka, India: protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1-12. doi:10.1186/s12889-015-1623-7
Docksai, R. (2012). Child marriage declines in south asia. The Futurist, 46(5), 10-12. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.champlaincollege.qc.ca/login?url=http://search.proquest.c...