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June 17, 2019, 7:48 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal marriage age is 18, but authorities rarely enforced the law, and child marriage was widespread. Since consensual sex outside of marriage is illegal, a legal guardian can ask local authorities to permit a girl younger than 18 to marry" (p. 19).
June 17, 2019, 12:20 p.m.
Countries: Oman

"The age of legal marriage for men and women is 18 years, although a judge may permit a person to marry younger when the judge or family deemed the marriage was in the minor’s interest. Child marriage occurred in rural communities as a traditional practice" (Pg 17).
June 14, 2019, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law sets the legal age of marriage for women at 18 and men at 21, and it empowers courts to annul child marriages. It also sets penalties for persons who perform, arrange, or participate in such marriages… The law does not characterize a marriage between a girl below age 18 and a boy below age 21 as 'illegal,' but it recognizes such unions as voidable. According to international and local NGOs, procedural limitations effectively left married minors with no legal remedy in most situations" (43).
June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"The law sets a minimum age of 18 years for marriage for both boys and girls. According to the 2013 NDHS, 43 percent of women between ages 20 and 24 reported being married or in a union before age 18, and 17 percent reported being married or in a union before age 15. Fewer than half the country’s state assemblies adopted the Child Rights Act of 2003, which sets the minimum marriage age, and most states, especially northern states, did not uphold the federal official minimum age for marriage. The government engaged religious leaders, emirs, and sultans on the problem, pointing out the health hazards and improving their awareness of...more
June 13, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage is 16 for boys and girls with parental consent and 21 without consent" (p. 19).
June 12, 2019, 1:03 p.m.
Countries: Niger

"The law allows a girl deemed to be “sufficiently mature” to marry at 15. Some families entered into marriage agreements under which rural girls 12 or even younger were sent to their husband’s families to be under the “supervision” of their mothers-in-law. According to UN Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), 28 percent of women ages 20-24 married before age 15 and 76 percent married before age 18. According to the 2012 DHS, 36 percent of women 20-24 years old were first married or in union before they were 15 years old. Prevalence of child marriage was highest in the south, in the Diffa, Zinder, Maradi, and Tahoua regions. The Ministry...more
June 11, 2019, 12:13 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 22 for men and 20 for women. Child marriage was not known to be a problem" (58). "[In Macau]The minimum legal age of marriage is 16 years; however, children between 16 and 18 years who wish to marry must obtain approval from their parents or guardians" (103).
June 11, 2019, 11:54 a.m.
Countries: Namibia

"The law prohibits civil marriages before age 18 for both boys and girls. The Child Care and Protection Act prohibits customary marriage before age 18, but it did occur" (Pg 16).
June 11, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, although minors may marry at 15 with parental permission" (13).
June 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18 in most cases, but persons as young as 16 may marry with the consent of a court if it finds them mentally and physically fit for marriage" (Pg 29).
June 10, 2019, 6:59 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Although Iran ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1994, which stipulates that marriage cannot take place before the age of 18, numerous articles and provisions in support of the Islamic Sharia Law have enabled the trend to remain" (para 5). "As it stands, girls under the age of 13 and boys under the age of 15 can be lawfully wed, providing families and husbands obtain legal permission" (para 9).
June 10, 2019, 8:03 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Although a marriage cannot be registered until the younger spouse is at least age 16, cultural, religious and civil marriages were recognized in the civil code" (p. 15).
June 8, 2019, 1:59 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18" (34).
June 7, 2019, 8 a.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal marriage age for boys and girls is 16 with parental consent" (p. 10).
June 5, 2019, 1:20 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Under the Act, if a parent of a person under the age of 21 objected to the minor's marriage, the parent could legally veto the union" (para 5). This refers to marriage in England (CEM - CODER COMMENT). "In England and Wales, the age for marriage is now 16 with parental consent and 18 without" (para 9). "Since 1929, both parties in Scotland have had to be at least 16 years old, but they still may marry without parental consent" (para 9).
June 5, 2019, 1:02 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage for both men and women is 18" (35).
June 4, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Civil law defines a child as a person under age 18 but provides for a girl to marry at age 16. Customary law does not set a minimum age for marriage" (p. 16).
June 4, 2019, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: Benin
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law prohibits marriage under age 18 but grants exemptions for children ages 14 to 17 with parental consent and authorization of a judge" (p. 16).
June 3, 2019, 7:47 p.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18" (p. 23).
June 3, 2019, 11:41 a.m.
Countries: Togo
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal ages for marriage are 18 for girls and 20 for boys, although both may marry under these ages with parental consent" (p. 13).
June 3, 2019, 10:48 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"In 1990, Pakistan ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Child, which prohibits child marriages. In addition, under the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, a girl must have attained the age of 16 and a boy must have attained the age of 18, and both need to consent before the marriage can take place" (Pg 32).
June 3, 2019, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"Under Nigerian civil law, forced marriage is illegal, and can carry a jail term of seven years. In addition, Nigeria's Marriage Act requires the parent or guardian's consent if either party to an intended marriage is under the age of 21.106 The country's National Policy on Population also discourages parents from arranging marriages for girls under 18 years of age. According to Country Reports 2004, however, the Nigerian government 'did not undertake any significant measures to stop customary practices harmful to children, such as the sale of young girls into marriage'" (Pg 29).
June 3, 2019, 9:31 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The leader of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Khomeini, whose vision and words inspired the post-1979 Republic, has clearly written that sexual experiences, excluding intercourse, are permitted with girls of all ages. He stated: 'Anyone who has a wife less than nine years of age is not allowed to engage in sexual intercourse, whether she is his permanent or temporary wife. However, other forms of sexual pleasures are permitted, such as touching with lust, hugging, and rubbing penis between the buttocks and thighs; even if she is a nursing baby.' Three years after the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1982, the legal age for marriage was lowered from 18 to...more
June 2, 2019, 7:22 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 for men and 16 for women" (p.13).
May 30, 2019, 11:13 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 17 for women and 18 for men, although a district may lower the age by one year in exceptional cases" (27).
May 30, 2019, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Barbados
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Although the legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years for both women and men, girls who are 16 and 17 years of age can marry with the consent of their parents" (12).
May 29, 2019, 6:43 p.m.
Countries: Slovenia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage is 18. Centers for social service can approve marriage of a person under the age of 18, together with the approval of parents or legal guardians" (p. 13).
May 28, 2019, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage in the country is 18 for both women and men, although a 16-year-old child may marry with the consent of parents or guardians and permission from the county governor. The county governor may give permission only when there are 'special reasons for contracting a marriage'" (P. 11).
May 28, 2019, 5:40 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"There was no minimum age for marriage, and girls married as young as eight years of age, which traditionalists claimed served to assure they were virgins at the time of marriage" (40).
May 27, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage is 17 for girls and 20 for boys" (p. 19).