According to Kaniva News, he said that in the past three years 183 child marriage had been recorded in Tonga.
From 2013 to 2015, 17 children aged 15 had married.
He would not give the exact years of their marriages because he wanted to protect the “dignity” of these young ages.
Lord Tuʻiʻāfitu questioned the effectiveness of the law of the nation, which he said was meant to protect the children.
He said the Parent Consent Act 1926, which gave parents power to allow their children to marry, was “embarrassing.”