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Gambia ban on child marriage could spark backlash, activist fears

from Thompson Reuters Foundation

Women's rights activists on Friday welcomed Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's decision to ban child marriage, but said jailing parents who marry off their daughters could spark a backlash in a country where a third of girls are wed before they turn 18. Jammeh announced this week that child marriage in Gambia was banned with immediate effect, punishable by 20 years in prison for both the husband and parents of the girl being married. more

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