English First Paper

একাদশ- দ্বাদশ শ্রেণি || চট্টগ্রাম বোর্ড || 2023

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    Read the following text and make a flow chart showing the situation of adolescent girls in Bangladesh. (No,1 is done for you.)

    In Bangladesh, the legal age of marriage for girls is 18. However, 33 percent of our girls get married before they are 15 and 60 percent of them become mothers by the time they reach 19.When a girl gets married, she usually drops out of school and thus loses her mobility. She gets confined to full time work in her in-laws' household. She loses social status and all the opportunities of economic independence. In her in-law's house, she gets marginalized. She becomes vulnerable to all sorts of abuse, including dowry-related violence. In Bangladesh, it is still a common practice for the bride's family to pay dowry. Dowry demands can also continue even after marriage. An adolescent bride, even if her in laws, are supportive, faces enormous health risk during pregnancy and childbirth. Majority of our people are uninformed or insufficiently informed about contraception and reproductive health. This leads to increased mortality rates among adolescent brides during childbirth.