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Child Marriage Foes Denounce Proposed Law in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has the world’s fourth-highest rate of child marriage, despite big gains in health and education for girls and women. Yet its government wants to allow girls to marry at age 16. A government proposal to lower the age of marriage for women from 18 to 16 would be a “terrible” setback for Bangladesh, which has made notable progress on health and education, said Human Rights Watch. The legal age of marriage will remain at age 18 for girls, but under a proposed new clause,...

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