Headline Dec 15, 2015/ "' STUDENTS unchained : SOMEWHAT "'

"' STUDENTS unchained : 


With most respectful dedication to the  Prime Minister of Pakistan -  Mian Mohammed Nawaz Sharif for his  Educational Vision :

For taking the first step on the long road  -of  the *total transformation*  of the Educational System  -in and around the capital city, Islamabad.

Not so long ago, the Al-Shabab militants stormed the  Garissa University in Kenya, and then went room to room killing students.

They said that it was against Islam to hurt women. They said this in order to entice female students out of their hiding places. The female students who  emerged were promptly killed.

In the Developing World,  women of course are murdered all the time. They are not immune to terrorist attacks, drone strikes, and criminal violence. But the death of the female students in, Kenya, under these circumstances, is deeply mourned by  -!WOW!  -the World Students Society.      

And now to the research post:

FORCED AND CHILD MARRIAGES   -happen almost everywhere, yet only 10 states or jurisdictions have specific laws that can be used to prevent or punish forced marriage.

The Tahrih survey focused on immigrants, and identified child marriages or forced marriages, or both, in immigrant communities from 56 countries of origin in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, but it also identified such marriage in so-called American families.

They found child-marriage or forced marriage, or both, in families of many faiths:
.- Muslim.
.- Christian.{particularly Catholic}
.- Hindu.
.- Buddhist.
.- Sikh.

"I have seen child and forced marriage in the Orthodox Jewish community, and I know survivors from Mormon and Unification Church backgrounds''  writes one distinguished author.

Parents give many reasons for forcing children into marriage, including controlling the child's sexuality and behaviour and protecting  "family honour".

Often families use forced marriage to enhance their status or gain economic security. 

The New Jersey data shows that 90 percent of the children married were girls, which is consistent with global trends.

Across the world,  child marriage  and forced marriages disproportionately affect girls and women.

Unchained at Last also requested health department data on the ages of people recently married in New York State,  where  16 and 17  years olds  may wed with "parental consent"  and  14  -and-  15-year olds  may wed with judicial approval.

The data shows that  3,853  children were married between 2000 and  2010.

Data after  2010  excludes New York City, where statistics are kept separately. Still, the state data show that in  2011  alone, a  14-year old married a 26-year old-

A 15-year-old was wed to  28-year old, and another 15-year old was wed to a 25-year old and a 15-year old married someone age   " 35 to 39" . All of those marriages were approved by New York judges.

And it is worth repeating, that globally,  88%  of countries set 18 as the minimum marriage age, but over  half allow  minor girls to marry with  "parental consent,"   according to the World Policy Center.

More than  700 million  women alive today were married before 18, including some 250 million who wed before 15, according to the United Nations Children's Fund.

Most live in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa, but as these new numbers show, too many live in the United States.

Marriage is a legal contract and it should be reserved for adults. The dangers are, after all, very clear : A recent report found that child marriage "undermines girls health, education and economic opportunities, and increases their risk of of experiencing violence."

The solution for US is relatively simple, concludes the author:

State Legislators should eliminate the archaic legal exceptions that allow children to wed.

This is the only way to end child and forced marriage in the United States. 

With respectful dedication to the Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the World. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society:

"' Mending Societies "'

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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