Theresa Kachindamoto was the youngest of 12 children born into a family of chiefs [Hannah McNeish/Al Jazeera]

Terminating early marriage

She was shocked when she saw girls as young as 12 with babies and teenaged husbands, and was soon ordering the people to give up their ways

“I told them: ‘Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated.’”

Last year, Malawi’s parliament passed a law forbidding marriage before the age of 18. But under customary law of the traditional authorities, and the constitution, Malawian children can still marry with parental consent.

On the human development index, Malawi is considered as one of the world’s poorest places, ranking 160th out of 182 nations. Early marriage is more common in rural areas, where parents are eager to get girls out of the house to ease their financial burden

Read More: https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2016/5/16/malawis-fearsome-chief-terminator-of-child-marriages

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