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The Government of Gambia and Tanzania have banned the practice of child marriage, with tough penality for those who go against the rule.
In Gambia, the President – Yahya Jammeh announced that anyone marrying a girl below 18 would be jailed up to 20 years.
While in Tanzania, the High Court imposed a land mark outlawing marriage under the age of 18, for boys and girls.
It was also reported that before ruling this rule, girls as young as 14 could marry with parental consent, while it was 18 for boys.
Some 30% of underage girls are married in Gambia while in Tanzania, the rate is 37%.
They also face a heighten risk of violence including marital tape and domestic violence because they are in a dependent and powerless position in the marital set up.
This is a very good development and we do hope some other countries who practice the act would also put an end to it.
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