The Hindu marriage system in Bangladesh: addressing discrimination
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CitationZahur, M. (2014). The hindu marriage system in bangladesh: Addressing discrimination. Commonwealth Law Bulletin, 40(4), 608-630. doi:10.1080/03050718.2014.971837
As a social and legal institution, marriage is recognized in every society and by every faith. The author examines the institution of marriage amongst the Hindu community of Bangladesh. After the independence of Bangladesh, no legislative measure has been taken to address the Hindu marriage system. From a gender as well as a religious perspective, the whole spectrum of Hindu marriage has often been criticised as being discriminatory, particularly towards women. Despite the fact that the Constitution of Bangladesh has clearly abolished all forms of gender and religious discrimination, these provisions are not reflected in reality. As a signatory of various international conventions, Bangladesh is also under an international obligation to materialise the notion of equality in its municipal system. This article analyses the various lacunae of the prevalent Hindu marriage system in Bangladesh and their underlying reasons. It also makes recommendations in order to achieve Bangladesh’s constitutional and international obligations toward gender equality.