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Zim’s highest court rules no marriage for under-18s

Zimbabwe’s laws which meant girls as young as 12 could get married, have been overturned.

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HARARE - Zimbabwe’s highest court has ruled that no child below the age of 18 can get married.

The court took more than a year to arrive at the decision, which has been welcomed by rights groups and ordinary Zimbabweans.

This case was brought by legal watchdog, Veritas, and it used the testimonies of two Harare teenagers who had been married when they were just 16.

Zimbabwe’s laws, including the Customary Marriages Act, had meant that girls as young as 12 could get married.

That’s now changed with this ruling, which was made today by the Constitutional Court.

It’s set 18 as the minimum age for marriage.

The judgment has been widely welcomed on social media, with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights calling it a bold ruling.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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