No longer can we stand by and allow such horrific abuse of innocent children to go on under the guise of marriage
To say at this point that Bangladesh continues to have a problem regarding child marriage would be akin to calling water wet.
Earlier this week, Nurnahar, a 14-year-old eighth grade schoolgirl succumbed to excessive bleeding from her genitals within about a month after her marriage, with her husband showing no regard for her health and safety.
Sadly, this horrifying account is a daily occurrence within Bangladesh, and almost every day, there is a Nurnahar who is married off and at the mercy of an older male when all she should be worrying about is school and the ups and downs of adolescent life.
It is extremely unfortunate that, despite Bangladesh slowly but surely climbing the rungs of the economic ladder, we continue to lag woefully behind on certain matters, with child marriage remaining one of the most prominent blights on our society, threatening to undermine all our progress.
But let us be clear on one thing: Child marriage is child rape, no exceptions. No longer can we stand by and allow such horrific abuse of innocent children to go on under the guise of marriage.
It needs to be understood by all that children are not able to give consent to marriage in the first place, and as such, child marriage is total violation of their rights and bodily autonomy.
Enough is enough. We need a concerted, holistic approach, and the government and all relevant stakeholders must prioritize this issue. Failure to do so is us losing numerous Nurnahars every day.