Posted by in News on August 8, 2016

Activists Oppose Govt Appeal On Marriage Act

Tanzania — Child rights activists say they will oppose the move by the government to appeal against the High Court ruling that outlaws the marriage of children below the age of 18.

The Tanzania Ending Child Marriage Network (TECMN) has condemned the government for what it says is a portrayal of failure in its obligation to guarantee protection of children’s rights. The Act in question allows in customary marriages, recognises 14-year-old brides while parents’ consent is enough to marry off those aged from 15. In the ruling delivered by Judge Ataulwa Munisi on behalf of two colleagues recently, the High Court stated that sections 13 and 17 of the Law of Marriage Act, 1971 were unconstitutional.

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Source: The Citizen