Question: Why are there arranged marriages in Afghanistan?

How do marriages typically come about in Afghanistan?

In Afghan weddings, the bride and groom are traditionally kept in separate rooms. The bride is represented in the Nikah by her father or a close male relative. The Nikah is negotiated before the mullah between the groom and brides representative. The groom is asked three times if he accepts the terms of the marriage.

Why are marriages arranged in most cultures?

Like any time-tested tradition, the practice of arranging matrimony holds up in many societies because it stabilizes and connects families, preserves social and economic order and reinforces religious values.

Does Afghanistan have child marriage?

According to UNICEF, child marriage is the formal marriage or informal union before age 18, and it affects more girls than boys. In Afghanistan, 57% of girls are married before they are 19. The most common ages for girls to get married are 15 and 16.

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