• Gambia bans child marriage

    Gambia bans child marriage

    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has announced a ban on child marriage in the predominantly Muslim west African nation, threatening heavy jail terms for those who break the new rules.

    Speaking to a group of Muslim elders in Banjul on Wednesday, Jammeh said: “As from today, July 6, child marriage is illegal and is banned in The Gambia”.

    “Anyone who marries a girl under 18 years will spend 20 years in jail. The girls’ parents would spend 21 years in jail and anyone […]