ISSN(Print): 2709-6254 | ISSN(Online) : 2709-6262 | ISSN-L : 2709-6254


Post-legislative Problems and Prospects of Girl’s Child Marriages in Rural Punjab, Pakistan: A Parent’s Perspective


  1. Dr. Beenish Ijaz Butt
    Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan
  2. Dr. Uzma Ashiq
    Lecturer, Department of Social Work, University of Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan
  3. Dr. Abubakar Nazeer Choudhry
    Senior Research Officer, ORIC, University of Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan


This paper aims at describing and exploring the prevalence of girl child marriage and its causes from parents’ point of view in Punjab. To explain and explore the said issue, study was based on qualitative social research methodology and used phenomenological research approach. A loosely structured interview guide was developed for data collection. Criterion for respondents’ selection was decided as only those parents who married their at least one daughter between 12 to 15 years of age. A total number of 21 parents were interviewed using loosely structured interview guide till the data was saturated. Data was transcribed and analyzed by using data analysis process as explained by Cresswell (2013) and major themes extracted from data were Girl’s child marriages: a popular practice in Punjab, Persistent Social Problems surrounding girls’ child marriages and Norms versus State Policies. When this whole scenario is seen from the parents’ perspective, state is highly responsible for such grave issues. By seeking the flip side of the page, firstly families are highly concerned with the security of their girls. The girls’ rape cases are at rise in the country. But state is unable to give them legal protection. Secondly wide spread poverty is not yet controlled. So to avoid such horrible situation along with customs, parents are compelled to marry their young daughters and have included girls’ child marriage in their customary framework. It is suggested that state should revise its policies on the basis of primary researches carried out in different corners of Punjab.

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Girl’s Child Marriages, Norms, Parent’s Perspective, Popular Practice, Post-Legislative Problems, Punjab, Rural Culture, State Policies


Article # 7
Volume # 2
Issue # 3

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DOI Number: 10.47205/jdss.2021(2-III)07
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