Rafiqul Islam, a kazi (marriage registrar), has been sentenced to six months in jail for conducting the marriage of an eighth grade student in Jamalpur’s Bakshiganj. Nazma Begum has been sentenced to one year imprisonment in Bhola’s Char Fashion for arranging the marriage of a teenage girl using a fake birth certificate. The local administration has foiled the child marriage of a ninth class student in Hajipara area of Ramu in Cox’s Bazar.
Experts and sociologists have been saying since the beginning of the COVID-19 situation that the number of child marriages will increase. They fear that this trend will increase due to the economic crisis of the poor and underprivileged people of the country, in perceived safety of teenagers, closure of educational institutions and many other reasons.
According to a recent survey by Manusher Jonno Foundation, 462 girls were married off in June. Only 207 could be prevented. Earlier in May, 170 child marriages took place and 233 were averted.