Child marriages worry Chinsali councillor


CHAMBESHI Ward Councillor in Chinsali Lucy Mukuka has said any parent promoting child marriage will face stern action.
Ms Mukuka said in an interview yesterday the practice of child marriage has negatively affected children and is depriving the nation of a better tomorrow.
She said once married, few girls have the chance to go back to school because they would be preoccupied with household chores such as cooking, cleaning, fetching water and working in fields.
“Some girls are doing all they can to escape forced marriages despite huge pressure from their families and wider society,” Ms Mukuka said.
She said she would engage Senior Chief Nkula of the Bemba people in curbing child marriages in the area.
Ms Mukuka urged Government to increase support towards the fight against child marriage and provide an enabling environment for children in rural areas to enjoy their rights.
She called for more effective sensitisation programmes to protect children from forced marriages.
“A lot of children especially girls are being married off before they turn 18 years of age. They’re expected to have as many children as their husbands want regardless of their own wishes or the threat that early pregnancy poses to their health and life,” Ms Mukuka said.
She said she is worried about the high number of cases of child marriages in her ward.

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