However, proponents have refuted the reasons advanced by proponents citing the fact that the girl can benefit economically and socially.
This is not entirely true since it has been estalished that it promotes levels of dependancy and also reduces survival chances of the girl and her offsprings.
Also, we mustn’t avoid the fact that an early pregnancy has its own very negative consequences on girl’s health and moral stability and may lead to a decision of abortion.
Abortion, in its own term, can end up in infertility.
Police in Cambodia say that hundreds, perhaps thousands of young women have been lured to Taiwan with promises of marriage to wealthy men, only to find themselves sold to a brothel owner. In Bangladesh, for example, poverty-stricken parents who can no longer afford to take care of their daughters are persuaded to part with them through marriage, which is often a means of recruiting young girls into a life of prostitution abroad.
In Iraq, where 28 percent of adolescents marry before the age of 18, a recent suvey revealed that poverty was the number one reason parents encouraged their children to marry early.
Early marriage is the marriage of children and adolescents below the age of 18.
Causes: According to UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre, the "practice of marrying girls at a young age is most common in Sub-Saharan African and South Asia".
There are specific parts of West Africa and East Africa and of South Asia where marriages before puberty are not unusual.
However, the Centre also notes that marriage shortly after puberty is common among those living traditional lifestyles in the Middle East, North Africa and other parts of Asia.