Target: Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Speaker of Bangladesh’s parliament
Goal: Rescind law that allows parents to marry off their young daughters.
Bangladesh has just passed a law that will allow parents to file a court order in order to marry their daughters younger than 18, as long as the marriage is in their “best interests.” However, no definition of best interest was given.
This has led some to fear that the law will encourage young victims of sexual assault to marry their attackers. While the law gives parents consent, it gives no consent to the girls, of which about 52 percent are married before they’re 18.
This law should be rescinded. It will not only put young girls in danger, but it will also rob them of the opportunity to simply be children. Sign the petition and demand that this law be abolished and child marriage under any circumstance be banned.
Dear Speaker Chaudhury,
I am deeply disturbed by Bangladesh’s new law, which gives parents the power to marry off their young daughters if the marriage is in the daughters’ “best interests.” However, no definition of “best interest” is given, leaving many to fear that this law will make it easier for victims of sexual assault to be forced into a marriage with their attackers.
Children deserve the chance to actually be children before being married and having children of their own. I ask that this deeply troubling law be rescinded and the lives of young girls be protected.
[Your Name Here]
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