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15 year old Nasoin Akhter poses for a video on the day of her wedding to a 32 year old man in Manikganj, Bangladesh. In June of this year, Human Rights Watch released a damning report about child marriage in Bangladesh. The country has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 29% of girls marrying before the age of 15, and 65% of girls marrying before they turn 18. The detrimental effects of early marriage on a girl cannot be overstated. Most young brides drop out of school. Pregnant girls from 15-20 are twice as likely to die in childbirth than those 20 or older, while girls under 15 are at five times the risk. Research cites spousal age difference as a significant risk factor for violence and sexual abuse. Child marriage is attributed to both cultural tradition and poverty. Parents believe that it “protects” girls from sexual assault and harassment. Larger dowries are not required for young girls, and economically, women’s earnings are insignificant as compared to men’s.
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Rohingya men push a fishing boat to shore in Shamlapur, Bangladesh. In the past months thousands of Rohingya have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, many of them by way of Bangladesh. The Rohingya pay up to $2,000 to traffickers, and they sail out from Bangladesh’s southern coastline on fishing boats to meet larger ships in the deep sea that will take them to Malaysia.
A relative cries in front of a monument erected in memory of the victims of Rana Plaza building collapse, as they gather at the spot on its second anniversary in Savar, Bangladesh, on Friday.
A child watches a rally to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from behind soldiers of the Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion
Bangladesh’s Nasir Hossain drops a catch from New Zealand’s Cory Anderson during their Cricket World Cup match in Hamilton, Friday
Bangladesh’s Nassir Hossain leaps onto team mates in celebration after Bangladesh knocked England out of the tournament in their Cricket World Cup match in Adelaide, on Monday
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Bangladeshi workers unload goods from a boat in the Buriganga river during an ongoing nationwide strike and blockade called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led alliance, in Dhaka
Slum dwellers react after losing their shanties in a fire at Agargaon in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Wednesday
A man cries as rescuers search the Padma river after a passenger ferry capsized in Manikganj district, about 40km northwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday. Up to 140 passengers were thought to be on the boat when it capsized on Sunday afternoon after being hit by a cargo vessel.
Afghan families watch the live broadcast of the Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at a refugee camp in Kabul on Wednesday.
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Bangladesh police stop members of the Road Transport League, a wing of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League, during a protest outside the Bangladesh Nationalist party office in Dhaka against the nationwide strike on Monday. Violence triggered by the strike and blockade of roads, railways and waterways has reportedly left 80 people dead.
Passengers wait for a train to depart during a country-wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist party in Dhaka on Monday
People travel on boats as they cross the Buriganga river during the country wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at Keranigonj in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday
A woman and child on the platform at the Kamalapur railway station in Dhaka, Bangladesh, during a country-wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist party
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Bangladeshi children on a moving train at a railway station during the second day of a 48-hour general strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist party in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Devotees return to central Dhaka after attending the final prayers of the first phase of Bishwa Ijtema. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims congregated in Tongi, a township in the north of Bangladesh’s capital, as the first phase of this year’s Bishwa Ijtema, one of the biggest Muslim gatherings in the world, came to an end.
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A Bangladeshi child works at an aluminium pot factory in Dhaka on Tuesday. More than 6.3 m children under the age of 14 are working in Bangladesh, according to a Unicef report
A Bangladeshi child stands in an alley as a boy climbs a ladder outside their home at a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Friday promotes awareness of the need to eradicate poverty in all countries
Rickshaw drivers gather during the dawn to dusk strike called by the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Jamaat-e-Islami called for the shutdown to mount pressure for the release of its senior leader and war crimes convict Delwar Hossain Sayedee
Bangladeshi woman Munni, whose daughters are missing, cries as rescuers search the River Padma after a passenger ferry capsized in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh. A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized Monday in central Bangladesh, and at least 44 people either swam to safety or were rescued but the number of missing passengers is not yet known.