Alarm over Tanzania child marriages

child marriage kenyaFrom ALLOYCE KIMBUNGA in Dar-es-Salaam
DAR-ES-SALAAM, (CAJ News) – RIGHTS groups have appealed to the government of Tanzania to end child marriages which is believed to be causing the violation of rights of children, particularly girls.

In Tanzania, 4 out of 10 girls are married before their 18th birthday.

“By permitting child marriages, the government of Tanzania is responsible for the serious harms suffered by girls, violating many human rights,” said Human Rights Watch’s women rights advocate, Agnes Odhiambo.

Her sentiments came as Tanzania marked International Day of the Girl Child Yesterday (Tuesday).

Odhiambo said ending child marriage requires a comprehensive response.

“Tanzania should stop sending mixed messages about its commitment to end child marriage.”

Rights groups have appealed to government to withdraw its appeal of the High Court ruling and review its Marriage Act.

Marriage Act of 1971 sets the minimum marriage age for girls at 15 with parental consent, and at 18 for boys.

It permits the marriage of 14-year-old children when a court is satisfied that special (but undefined) circumstances exist.

In a landmark decision in July this year, a Tanzanian High Court ruled these provisions unconstitutional.

Government appealed the ruling.

At the United Nations general assembly last month, Tanzania rejected recommendations to amend the Act. – CAJ News

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