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.

d.     Sources:

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...

Comments

I think you have chosen a very good topic for your paper and have raised important ideas regarding this social issue, such as that forced marriage deprives young girls of human rights. It is good that you mentioned that there are health-related problems associated with giving birth at a young age; perhaps in your paper you can expand more on this idea.
As well, I think that you chose a good area of interest to focus on concerning whether or not altering the education women receive in South Asia can decrease forced marriages. In your paper, you possibly can suggest ways to improve women's education. Also, since these young girls' families may sell their children to older men so as to get more money, perhaps in your paper you can discuss if there are currently any organizations available to financially assist these families so that they no longer feel it is necessary to give their young children away as child brides. Are there safe houses or organizations available to protect these young girls?
Additionally, I think it’s great that you chose Psychology as one of your disciplines to implement in your paper. You mentioned negative psychological effects young girls may experience after being forced to marry at a young age, such as depression, isolation and powerlessness; how might young girls be psychologically impacted before getting married, by growing up as a child and simply knowing that they will have to marry at such a young age? Do they learn to accept it as part of their culture, or fight against it?
You have a lot of good ideas and this is definitely a significant social issue that would benefit from having solutions be analyzed. Good luck on your paper!

This subject which unfortunately monopolizes a large majority of young women in South Asia denounces an enormous inequality in men and women in this corner of the world. Being a faithful feminist, I must be appalled by this problem. These girls are forced to have early behavior for their age. Indeed, they become wives and mothers at a very young age which obviously reduces their educational opportunities and have a job. The poverty of some place like India is a very influential factor in this social problem. For example, India is a victim of an highly social segregation, which means that there is an important gap between the rich and the poor. Girls who come from more disadvantaged families are more likely to be married younger than girls from richer backgrounds. South Asia is composed of several countries whose traditional values are very exploited, man being often the master of the house, which results very much from abut control of feminine sexuality and physical violence. Several families in this region of the world that the education of these girls is negligible for economic reasons. There are also social norms that value boys more than girls, which is why some parents do not fund their daughters' health and access to education, believing that marrying these girls is the only way opportunity. I find that this subject must continue to be denounced in order to improve the justice of our world.

It is hard for people like us, in Canada to see any sense in the practices that take place in South Asia. Unfortunately, these practices have become part of their cultural norms. They are values and traditions that are not recognized by our society and are even frowned upon. Canadian citizens, for the most part cannot fathom individuals being stripped of their autonomy, ability to make choices and freedom. Similar practicies happen in Kyrgyzstan called "bride kidnnapping" where women are taken from their families (sometimes at will, sometimes not) and forced to marry the men by whom they have been kidnappes by. All to say, that cultures are different worldwide, it is important to realize such things in order to be able to make change happen.

It is hard for people like us, in Canada to see any sense in the practices that take place in South Asia. Unfortunately, these practices have become part of their cultural norms. They are values and traditions that are not recognized by our society and are even frowned upon. Canadian citizens, for the most part cannot fathom individuals being stripped of their autonomy, ability to make choices and freedom. Similar practicies happen in Kyrgyzstan called "bride kidnnapping" where women are taken from their families (sometimes at will, sometimes not) and forced to marry the men by whom they have been kidnappes by. All to say, that cultures are different worldwide, it is important to realize such things in order to be able to make change happen.

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