Published: May 27, 2015
Although this custom may be outdated in the modern day country, arranged marriages have an origin that dates back centuries ago. Sometimes children would be arranged to be couples before they can frame a coherent thought, sometimes adulthood would be the stage where a woman and man would meet one another for the first time for marriage.
4.2% of those married by arraignment end up in divorce, which is a slim number compared to those who get a divorce in an unarranged marriage. In India, the percentage is even smaller, at 1.2%. Globally, 6.3% or arranged marriages end in divorce. It may be interesting to note that on average, the male in the marriage is 4.5 years older than the female. In India, arranged marriages are custom and completely accepted in society. 89% of marriages are arranged in India, from the 54% of arranged marriages in the world. When comparing the amount of U.S. men and women married, 14% of men between the age of 40 and 50 are unmarried while only 10% of women between the same age are married.
So which countries force marriage before the legal consensual age in the U.S.? In South Asia, 46.4% of girls are forced into marriages before 18, 42% of girls in Africa and 21.2% of girls in Kyrgyzstan. In Bangladesh and Niger, girls are expected to be married before the age fifteen, 27.3% of girls in Bangladesh and 26% of girls in Niger.
There has been social uproar against the gender inequality represented in these countries, whose legal boundaries differ from our own. Do you think the U.S. should get involved in international relations regarding these girls?