’20-Yr Jail Term’ for Any Man who Marries a Girl under 18 – Gambia’s Jammeh Announces

The President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has announced the criminalization of child marriages in his country placing a minimum 20-year jail term for any man found guilty.

During his Eid-ul-Fitr address on Wednesday marking the end of Ramadan, the controversial President told Muslim leaders that even the parents of a girl who is forced into early marriage could face 21 years in prison, local media report.


President Jammeh said he will introduce the legislation this month to end the widely practiced phenomenon in the country.


Written by PH

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