The Philippines banned the marriage of girls and imposed prison terms of up to 12 years

Saturday, January 8, 2022 | 21: 00hs.

The marriage of boys became illegal in the Philippines when a law that prevents the practice came into force in the country, where one in six girls marries before the age of 18.

The law, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, establishes prison sentences of up to 12 years for adults who marry or cohabit with a minor under 18 years of age.

“The State views child marriage as a practice that constitutes child abuse because it corrupts, degrades and belittles the intrinsic value and dignity of children,” says the law, according to the AFP news agency.

The Southeast Asian country ranks 12th in the world for underage marriages, according to the UK-based group Plan International.

For the Government of the Philippines, the new law is consistent with international conventions on the rights of women and children.

However, parts of the new regulation were suspended for a year to give a transition period to Muslim and indigenous communities for which the marriage of minors is relatively common.

A report from UNICEF last year noted that more than 500,000 girls and women around the world were married in their childhood, with the highest levels in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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