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Plan International stresses need to eliminate child weddings

The NGO Plan International called upon legislators to support the decision by the Attorney General of the Republic, Jean Alain Rodriguez, to order the Justice Department to act swiftly and with conviction against those adults who have “marital, sentimental, or love relationships with girls or teenagers.

In a press communiqué, the NGO noted that the Dominican Republic, together with Nicaragua, occupies the first places in Latin America and the Caribbean in the number of minors who are married or in relationships.

The organization called upon the Justice Department to dedicate sufficient resources to monitor and process complaints or reports that of young girls, adolescents and their families being forced into illegal relationships. Plan International urged the Justice Department to follow-up on these types of cases that enter the justice system.

The local director of Plan International, Virginia Saiz, underlined the fact that that child marriage and ensuing pregnancies are a burden to society and an impediment to the development of girls and teenagers. Saiz reminded journalists of the campaign initiated by the Plan that demanded that the National Congress create clear laws and mandates that eliminate the exceptions for contracting matrimony before the age of 18 in their modifications of the Civil Code.

The proposal was approved last 30 May by the Chamber of Deputies by a large majority and is currently in the Senate that resumes work sessions on 16 August 2017. According to current Dominican law, men who are 16 or younger and women who are 15 or younger cannot be granted a marriage license. However, at the present time, judge may, for specified reasons, grant a waiver so that minors may be married.

Source: DR1, 7dias

Aug 11, 2017

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