Sunday, August 9, 2009

Child marriages in Yemen

Child marriages are still widespread in Yemen, despite new legislation limiting the age of marriage.

Six months ago the Yemeni government passed a law that limited the minimum age of marriage for both boys and girls to 17.

Under the law, parents who married off their children would face a year in jail or be fined the equivalent of about $500.

But Yemeni children’s rights campaigners say the law has never been applied and child marriages remain just as common as they were six months ago. MORE HERE

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