ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Can Conditional Transfers Eradicate Child Marriage?

Child marriage is associated with a range of negative social consequences—lower schooling, early pregnancy, decreased agency within the marital household, and adverse reproductive and sexual health. With respect to the eradication of child marriages, will conditional cash transfers for delaying marriage have the same logic as the more widely investigated conditional transfer programmes for children’s schooling? Will such transfers enable adolescents to make decisions or exercise choices regarding marriage, beyond simply delaying the event?

Child Marriage Law and Freedom of Choice in Bangladesh

While the Government of Bangladesh seems to be genuinely concerned about the social challenges caused by the practice of child marriage and the laws governing such a marriage, its approach to the issue seems confused and may ultimately be counterproductive.
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