In Narok county, a 40-year-old man was recently arrested and charged with marrying a 12-year-old minor. Reports indicate that the young girl was rescued by medical staff at the Narok hospital after she had been forced into marriage by her older husband.
This incident has highlighted the prevalence of forced marriages in Kenya and raised serious questions about gender equity in the country. The police were tipped off by medical staff at the hospital after the culprits accompanied the girl to the delivery section.
The arrest has raised serious questions about child marriage in Kenya and efforts to combat it. Unfortunately, the girl lost the baby during delivery. Such cases highlight the issue of child marriages in many parts of Africa and other developing countries.
The practice is illegal in many countries, yet it continues to occur due to gender inequality, poverty, and lack of education. A better understanding of the root causes of these issues is essential in putting an end to this harmful practice that causes so much suffering for young girls and their families.
Youths abstain from early marriages and forced marriages. This a great lesson to society and the community.
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