Question: Is child marriage allowed in Zimbabwe?

Section 78 of the Constitution (Marriage Rights) sets a minimum age for marriage at 18, and prohibits forced marriage. Child marriage is thus constitutionally not permissible, as recently found by the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe.

Can you marry a 16 year old in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwes Customary Marriages Act sets no minimum age for marriage, while the Marriage Act, which governs monogamous marriages, states that girls under 16 cannot marry without the written consent of the justice minister.

16 years The age of consent in Zimbabwe is 16 years. However, that age was not always 16 years as once upon a time, Zimbabwes age of consent was 12 years. The age was raised from 12 to 16 years through an amendment to the Page 9 2 Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act [Chapter 9:23].

Can a 17 year old get married in Zimbabwe?

AGE OF CONSENT TO MARRY Section 78(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe provides that only persons who have attained the age of 18 have the right to found a family. This was tested and confirmed in a landmark Constitutional Court case decision in 2016 to also mean entering a marriage.

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