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Early marriage robs children of their opportunities

August 1, 2012


Source By Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel was the first education minister of Mozambique. Desmond Tutu is archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. They are members of The Elders, a group of independent leaders working for peace and human rights. “If adults know child marriage is wrong, why do […]

Minor girl in Odisha protests against forced marriage (India)

July 24, 2012


Source A “minor” girl in Odisha has lodged a police complaint against her family for forcing her to marry and not allowing her to study, police said Tuesday. The police have registered a case against nine persons of the family, including her father. The incident took place at Kuhurakot village in Nabrangpur district, about 700 […]

Man arrested for piercing wife’s genitals in Indore

July 19, 2012


INDORE/BHOPAL: The brutal tale of a mechanic in Indore piercing the genitalsof his wife and inserting a lock there in order to prevent her from having an affair is such a barbaric act that it belies the fact that we’re living in the 21st century. The mechanic Sohan Lal was arrested on Tuesday.The incident came […]

Khap wants woman captured “dead or alive” for refusing to accept child marriage

July 19, 2012


A khap panchayat of the Meena community near Rajasthan’s Dausa district has ordered the abduction of Santara Meena, a 25-year-old teacher in a government-run school. The woman’s fault is that she refused to accept her marriage, solemnised around 12 years back, as her husband hasn’t even passed the matric exam, is unemployed, as well as […]

Rape and Underage Marriage Is Not Important, Says Moroccan Women and Family Minister (Morroco)

July 17, 2012


by Jeff Fecke Women’s rights groups in Morocco are denouncing comments made by Solidarity, Women and Family Minister Bassima Hakkaoui and are demanding reform of the kingdom’s rape laws. Hakkoui told legislators from the Justice and Development party in May that “the issue of child sexual abuse has been politically exploited by associations, which have greatly […]

‘Summer Brides’: Under-age daughters sold as ‘sex-slaves’ in Egypt, report claims

July 15, 2012


According to a report by the U.S. State Department, wealthy Arab tourists from Gulf countries are paying money to purchase under-age Egyptian girls as “temporary brides.” (AP) Wealthy Arab tourists from Gulf countries are paying money to purchase under-age Egyptian girls as “summer-brides”, claims a new report on human trafficking released by the U.S. State […]

Bride abductions ‘a distortion’ of South Africa’s culture

July 12, 2012


When cows are traded for an unwilling bride, rural Zulu women lose their freedom, and more. Called thwala, the practice is often abused, activists say. By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles TimesJuly 12, 2012 NORTHWEST OF HOWICK, South Africa — — She was named Democracy in Zulu, at a time when her country had none. A […]

Yemen: End child marriages by enacting and enforcing a minimum age of marriage law

May 21, 2012


Printer-friendly version Action Number: 34.3 Date: 21 May 2012 view as pdf Wafa, child bride The 2011 revolution in Yemen led to a change in government that women hoped would result in improved lives for them and their children. During the protests women played important roles, as evidenced by the awarding of the 2011 Nobel […]

Egypt: Stop the lowering of the minimum age of marriage for girls in Egypt

May 8, 2012


Egypt’s People’s Assembly Council is currently discussing legislation that would reduce the minimum age of marriage for girls from 18 to possibly as low as 9 years old and could vote on the final draft bill at any moment. If adopted, girls could be married off by their families without their consent putting them at […]

State Women Commission prevents Child Marriage

April 23, 2012


The presence of mind of a would-be-victim of child marriage resulted in a child marriage being prevented today at the Bhoiwada locality by the members of the Women and Child Development committee. At a public conference initiated by Laad Kumari Jain, President of the State Women Commission on 22nd April, the Commission members heard the […]