Child marriage

Child marriage in Tonga “shocking,” Lord Tuʻiʻāfitu says, questions power of Tongan law

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.”

'I am afraid of this man': Afghan cleric arrested after marrying 6yo girl

Mohammad Karim, said to be aged around 60, was held in central Ghor province as he claimed her parents gave him the six-year-old girl as a "religious offering", officials said.

But officials cited the family of the girl — believed to be in shock — as saying that she was abducted from western Herat province, bordering Iran.

"This girl does not speak, but repeats only one thing: 'I am afraid of this man'," said head of the women affairs department in Ghor, Masoom Anwari.