Human Rights Watch says Bangladesh pursuing discriminatory family laws which fuel female poverty

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Bangladesh Government to reform what it calls its discriminatory personal laws on marriage, separation, and divorce, which in its present form trap many women and girls in abusive marriages or drive them into poverty when marriages fall apart.

In May 2012 the Bangladesh cabinet approved a bill providing Hindus the option of registering marriages. The bill still falls short of the many demands of women's rights activists in the country who are campaigning for a separate law governing Hindu marriages and divorce. Necessary reforms not included in the bill include a prohibition on polygamy, allowing divorce, and compulsory marriage registration. 

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