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Tunisia: Marriage of a minor pregnant by a relative disturbs the country

Written by FDM

The Tunisian court authorized a 13-year-old girl to marry her brother-in-law. This case aroused the indignation of several organizations deeming the act as physical and mental “violation”.

“As she is pubescent, she is willing”, here is what the judges said about this scandalous affair. The girl from the Kef region of Tunisia, aged 13, was reportedly pregnant by her brother-in-law.

In order to avoid the scandal and stop the prosecution, the two families intervened  to organize a formal marriage.

According to article 227 of the Tunisian Penal Code, anyone who subjects a child under the age of 15 to a sexual act is liable to imprisonment for six years, which may be canceled if he marries his victim. Authorized on December 1st by the Kef court, the contract was signed on December 5th and the young man in question was released unharmed.