Poverty-early Marriage Nexus: Evidence From Slum Areas Of Sheikhupura
Author: Iqra Karamat

Poverty is considered as root cause of all evils. One of it is child wedding, which is, marrying under the age of 18 years. This study examined the affiliation between the poverty and early wedding. For this purpose, primary data was collected from the Sheikhupura city. Close ended questionnaires were used to collect the data from 300 persons. To ascertain the results from the data probit model regression was used as our dependent variable was of qualitative nature. Regression revealed that there is a positive relationship between early wedding and poverty. It means that when a household hardly makes his ends both meets, he tends to marry their child at young age, especially the female child. Because females are to be considered as burden upon the household and they tend to get rid of from the burden. This study used other factors too by which early wedding can be determined. Results revealed that land holdings have a negative relation with early wedding which means a household with more land holdings prefer not to marry their child in young age. The indicator of education is marginally significant and has negative relationship, confirming that education and wedding has a tradeoff. If the child would be busy in taking education, then the wedding would be delayed. By taking the lesson from the results, we overall ascertain that there is dire need of policy making and its strict implementation to overcome the early age wedding evil. Government should eradicate the root cause of the early age wedding, which is less income. Employment opportunities should be generated, education is to provide to all citizens with less or no cost, so that labor force would be skillful. Supervisor:- Dr. Muhammad Jehangir Khan

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Supervisor: Muhammad Jehangir Khan

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