Rabat - A new study on sexual violence against children in Morocco has revealed that 35,125 underage girls were given permission to marry in 2013.
Rabat – A new study on sexual violence against children in Morocco has revealed that 35,125 underage girls were given permission to marry in 2013.
Prepared by UNICEF in partnership with the National Council for Human Rights and “For a Better Future For Our Children” association, the study said that minor marriages in Morocco have witnessed an increase by 91% in a matter of nine years, while in 2004, the study says, 18,000 underage girls were given marriage permissions.
These figures, says the study, do not reflect the reality since there are a lot of religious marriages as opposed to civil marriages which are not being reported.
The study, presented this morning at the National Council for Human Rights, went on to add that these figures are inconsistent with the national index of marriage, which was placed at the age of 26 for women and 31 for men in 2011.
The study also said that in 2013, 85% of the parents accepted to marry their underage daughters, while in 2010 the percentage reached 91%, adding that 51, 79% of minor marriages were reported in rural areas whereas urban areas reported 48,21%.
According to the study, the age group most married in 2013 were17-year-old girls with an estimated 28,886 girls, while the least married were 14-year-old girls with only 97 marriages during the same year.