The major root relating to most of the cases on violence against women in Bangladesh is child marriage. It forces girls to drop out of school, and limits their opportunities for social interaction, and taking part in mainstream economy and education. UNICEF reports the rate of child marriage in Bangladesh is very high as 66% of girls are married off before 18. New brides are expected to work in their husbands’ households, and are subject to the same hazards as child domestic workers. Child marriage has been illegal in Bangladesh since 1929, and the minimum age of marriage has been set at 18 for women and 21 for men since the 1980s.
SERAC-Bangladesh has been organizing this rally over the past 5 years in Dhaka to raise awareness among young people to prevent child marriage and dowry violence against women, and children in the country. Likewise, we are going to organize the same this year on the eve of Bengali New Year on April 14, 2017 at TSC, Dhaka University, Dhaka with the participation of young people.