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Through the medieval ages and until the advent of family planning in the post war era, families were large, incomes were low, living conditions were harsh, personal security was lacking and women had no significant intellectual or economic role. The growing girls were then a burden on the family to be disposed off through marriage as soon as they approached puberty and drew the attention of male onlookers. In some cultures marriages were contracted when the girls were in infancy or even before they were born. This ensured the financial and personal security of a girl child as she grew up in a hazardous and hostile environment, and saved the parents from any worries regarding the final settlement of their daughters in the conjugal phase of life….


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