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Pregnant, unwed Bangladeshi girls at risk for violent death
October 27, 1999
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Pregnant, unwed Bangladeshi girls at risk for violent

By E.J. Mundell

NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters Health) -- Social taboos regarding pregnancy outside
marriage may imperil the lives of young, pregnant unmarried Bangladeshi women,
researchers report.

``In teenage girls aged between 15 and 19, death rates from accidental and other violent
causes were nearly three times higher among pregnant than nonpregnant girls,'' said study
co-author Dr. Carine Ronsmans of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in
the UK.

Ronsmans and colleague Dr. Myriam Khlat compared the death rates between 1976 and
1993 of pregnant or recently pregnant (within 3 months of delivery) Bangladeshi women with
those of nonpregnant women.

The investigators found that pregnant women faced a 45% greater risk of fatal injury
compared with nonpregnant women, with death risks nearly tripling among pregnant versus
nonpregnant teenage girls.

Fatal injuries included accidents -- such as snake bites, burns, or drowning -- as well as
deaths by suicide or homicide.

The study, published in the October 23rd issue of The Lancet, did not address the reasons
for this increase in risk. However, ``other researchers have suggested that violence in
pregnancy may be particularly important in unmarried girls,'' Ronsmans explained, since
``illegitimate pregnancy is socially unacceptable in a society such as Bangladesh.''

She told Reuters Health that ``measures to prevent abuse may have to go hand-in-hand with
efforts to prevent adolescent pregnancies.''

``In the long term, women's education will most likely increase their awareness of their
rights,'' Ronsmans said. By empowering women to recognize their rights, ``local groups, such
as women's groups or nongovernmental organizations, may help to bring violence to the
attention of the public.''


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Great thread SC!!!! Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

I heard so many stories as such. I once heard about a policeman who raped a woman from India or Sri Lankd simply coz she belonged to a poor country and was working as a maid. This true incident took place in a 3rd world country.

The victim fled to a church and spoke with the pastor and told him the whole story of her rape.

Since the raper was a policeman, he could, unfortunately get away with it which was very unfortunate to this poor woman.

The pastor was asking the congregation to pray for this poor victim who was discriminated against and taken advantage of due to her color, race, and social status.

Life is full of dramatic unfair events! We were never promised an easy rosy life.

A wise man once said: Life is not fair; but God is good!


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