Trinidad and Tobago Seeks Criminalizing Child Marriage
12 de enero de 2017, 16:04Port Spain, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Trinidad and Tobago authorities boost a bill to criminalize marriages involving under age people, press media informed.
The attorney general, Faris Al-Rawi, revealed that in the last 20 years more than 3000 marriages of adult men and under age women had taken place in this country, Jamaica Observer newspaper informed today.
Al-Rawi informed the alarming figures to the Trinidad and Tobago Senate after following the legal initiative that seeks to raise the spouses minimum age to 18, as recommended by the United Nations.
The bill also seeks to amend Hindu Marriage (1945), Muslim Marriage and Divorce (1961) and Orisha Marriage (1999) laws, that endorse marriages at the ages of 14, 12 and 16, respectively, in the case of girls.
The attorney general stated that 3478 marriages with these characteristics were registered between 1996 and 2016, with some extreme cases in which the groom exceeded the five decades of age and the bride had barely turned 12.
The official disesteemed the statement saying that child marriages mainly take place in the rural areas of the country, and assured that the majority take place in urban areas.
Al-Rawi also criticized the believe extended by numerous religious groups that assert that early marriage protects youths from sexual immorality and undesired pregnancy.
Trinidad and Tobago is one of the few countries in the world where women can get married at such an early age as 12.
The bill to prohibit child marriage arrives after 26 years of public discussions and several months of governmental consultations, in pursuit of realize an alternative that places first the rights of children.
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