Early Marriage

Early Marriage Violence

Article 21 sub(2) of the African charter on the rights and welfare of the child  and ratified in the Cameroon Penal Code stipulates that child marriage and the btrothal of girls and boys shall be prohibited and effective actions including legislation shall be taken to specify the minimum age of marriage to be 18 years and make registration of all marriges in an official registry compulsory

Converntion on the rights of the child as stipulated by Article 5 of the African chater  enshrined in Cameroon Penal Code states that, contract for a future marriage between persons betrothed and the marriage of a child shall have no legal effect, and all necessary actions including legislation, shall take a minimum age for marriage and to make the registration of marriages in an official registry compulsory.

 Still Article 6 of the African charter on marriage ratified in the Cameroon Penal Code states that, Staes Parties shall enact appropriate national legislative measures to guarantee that:

- No marriage shall take place without the free and full consent of both parties.

Section  356 of the Cameroon Penal Code on early marriage states that;

1. whoever compels anyone to marry shall be punished with imprisonment for from five(5) to ten(10) years with a fine of from twenty five thousand to one millon francs.

2. Where the victim of early marriage is under the age of eighteen , the punishment may not be less than two years imprisonment whatever the mitigating circumstances.

3. Whoever gives in marriage a boy under sixteen years of age or a girl under fourteen shall be punshed as under the two last foregoing subsections.

4. Upon conviction, the court may deprive the offender of parental power and disqualify him/her from being the guardian or curator of any person for the time prescribed by section 31(4) of this code.

Section 341 states that any person whose conduct has the result of depriving a child of the  evidence of his/her true parentage shall be punished with imprisonment for from five(5) to ten(10) years