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We need to start with the fact that Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. There are big problems with the amount of water, which is not applicable only to the inhabitants of the coast. Natural disasters are also frequent here.
All this, of course, affects the lives of Bangladeshis and their family life. In this country you can find representatives of different religions, including Hinduism, even a small percentage of Christianity.
However, the majority of Bangladeshi residents are adherents of the Muslim religion. Their number is slightly less than ninety percent. Of course, the attitude in the family is based primarily on religious dogmas.
The Quran and Sunnah dictate their irrefutable principles and rules. In Bangladesh, as in a number of other Islamic states, the issue of women's rights in society is especially acute.
At the moment, it should be noted that the ardent representatives of the fundamental values of Islam do not meet any resistance, which affects the family relations of Bangladeshis, the institution of marriage in general. Thus, this country has its own culture, and often follows the traditions and customs that go back centuries.
About eighty percent of the total population of Bangladesh lives in villages and towns. The rural community still plays a huge role.
At the present stage, young people are more and more willing to move to big cities. Bangladesh's social policy is now largely aimed at raising the level of education in the country, so new opportunities are opening up for young people that many do not want to miss.
However, the number of people migrating to large cities is quite low. Most remain in their native villages. It should be noted that, based on the traditions of the Koran, universal respect for the older generation flourishes here.
Usually the oldest, and therefore the most revered, person is the head of his large family. She looks after, even controls all members of her family. His word is decisive and when a family member wants to get married very often, parents are looking for a partner for their child.
If the choice of parents does not suit young people, then they have the right, enshrined at the legislative level, not to enter into such a marriage. However, it is interesting that even without the consent of their parents or guardians, getting married in Bangladesh is prohibited.
There is also an almost official age limit for marriage: eighteen years for girls and twenty-one years for boys. However, a young man is unlikely to be given the go-ahead to create a family if he does not have his own income. In general, the customs and rituals of the Bangladeshis are quite colorful and interesting.
For example, consider a wedding ceremony in Bangladesh. A special platform is made for the celebration.
It is abundantly decorated with flowers: the number of scarlet roses, violets and many representatives of the flora exotic for us is amazing. It should be noted here that the organization of such a holiday, with a traditionally huge number of guests and a table bursting with a variety of dishes, is costly for parents.
This can be very painful for the well-being of the family as a whole. Sociologists even say that such a custom as paying a dowry to a future husband is generally one of the most significant causes of poverty and misery in the country.
In order to marry a daughter in Bangladesh, sometimes an amount is spent that is incommensurate with family income. The tradition of demanding a dowry is illegal, but this custom has not yet been eliminated.
It is understandable why the birth of a daughter is not a cause for joy for the people of Bangladesh. After the wedding, the husband takes his wife to his house from the parents' house, and now she is obliged to completely obey him.
In the cities, however, a tendency is beginning to emerge for young people to live separately. However, in a village, several families can live in one house, unquestioningly following the rules set by the senior member of the house.
The head of the family even distributes housekeeping responsibilities among his many daughters-in-law. If we talk about relationships within a young family, Islam does not allow a married couple to spend much time together: you cannot show feelings, the husband must work (in Bangladesh, the majority of the male population is employed in agriculture), and the wife must manage the household and take care of the children.
It turns out that married couples rarely see each other. Women adhere to a strict style of dress. In Bangladesh, they never go out on the street forgetting to put a headscarf on their heads. It is extremely difficult to talk about family relationships, which are based on age-old foundations and numerous conventions dictated by religion.
It is unlikely that a woman feels unhappy in marriage. She does not know that it is somehow different, so such a life in subordination suits her completely. Many generations have lived this way, and it is extremely difficult to change the stereotypical thinking of women and men in Bangladesh.
Usually, in general, husbands in Bangladesh treat the weaker sex well: they pamper their wives with flowers and gold jewelry. However, there are, unfortunately, some exceptions.
For example, in one of the cities, Islamic fundamentalists forbade women to appear on one of the central streets of the city, because there is a mosque there, this corresponds to the canons of the Koran. A certain impostor roamed the street with a stick, threatening to beat those who disobey this prohibition. Of course, such actions are illegal.
One can only hope that Bangladesh will be able to preserve its unique and interesting culture and at the same time get rid of obsolete unnecessary family customs. Perhaps there is an option, without deviating far from religious norms, to allow a woman to acquire at least some rights. A woman who feels society's concern for her well-being will be able to bring even more warmth into her home.