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CRC/C/BGD/4

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Table 1.2

Distribution of male population (aged 10 and above) in Bangladesh by marital status (in percent)

Marital Status

Year

Age group

Total

10-14

15-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40-44

45-49

50-54

55-59

60+

Never married

1991

99.5

95.0

68.4

26.4

7.2

2.1

1.1

0.6

0.7

0.4

0.6

42.8

2001

98.8

96.0

69.3

31.7

11.6

4.4

2.9

2.1

2.7

2.4

4.0

43.6

Currently married

1991

0.5

4.9

31.4

73.3

92.5

97.6

98.4

98.7

98.1

98.0

95.1

57.2

2001

1.2

3.9

30.5

68.0

88.1

95.3

96.6

97.4

96.3

96.3

92.1

55.8

Widowed/ Divorced/Separated

1991

0.0

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.2

0.3

0.5

0.7

1.2

1.6

4.3

0.7

2001

0.0

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.5

1.0

1.3

3.9

0.6

Source: BBS.

6.The percentage of never married females at age groups 10-14 and 15-19 were 96.8 and 48.7 percent in 1991, these changed to 96.4 and 63.0 percent in 2001, showing a sharp increase in the age bracket of 15-19. Table also indicates decline of currently married girls (below legal age) by around 10% but still close to 40% girls are married earlier than legal age of marriage.

Table 1.3

Distribution of female population (aged 10 and above) in Bangladesh by marital status (in percent)

Marital Status

Year

Age group

Total

10-14

15-19

20-24

25-29

30-34

35-39

40-44

45-49

50-54

55-59

60+

Never married

1991

96.8

48.7

10.7

2.4

1.1

0.6

0.6

0.4

0.5

0.4

0.8

25.2

2001

96.4

62.5

16.9

6.1

3.4

2.2

2.2

2.0

2.8

2.8

5.6

28.7

Currently married

1991

3.0

49.6

86.6

94.0

93.8

92.1

86.9

81.7

70.6

64.3

42.9

64.8

2001

3.2

36.4

81.2

91.3

92.5

91.8

87.2

83.9

75.5

72.1

47.9

63.3

Widowed/Divorced/ Separated

1991

0.2

1.7

2.9

3.6

5.1

7.3

12.5

17.9

28.9

35.2

56.3

10.0

2001

0.4

1.1

1.9

2.5

4.1

6.0

10.5

14.1

21.1

25.1

46.5

8.0

Source: BBS.

7.Females under the categories of “currently married” and “widowed/separated” are larger than males (Tables 1.2 and 1.3) in both the periods. That is, the number of never married males is higher than females.

Economy

8.Bangladesh has made notable progress in the area of poverty reduction in the 1990s and in the last few years. The poverty head count ratio shows that the percentage under the poverty line has fallen from 48.9 percent to 40.0 percent between 2000 and 2005. This means that poverty

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