Dominican Republic’s Chamber of Deputies ended year 2020 after approving the bill banning child marriage all over the nation. Initially, girls from 15 years and above were permitted to marry.
If anyone violates this law, the child marriage will be annulled and then he or she will be sentenced of 2 to 5 years imprisonment and €8,000 to €17,000 fines.
Official data reveals that 36% of girls and adolescents in Dominican Republic unite or marry before attaining 18 years of age; this rate is the highest in the Latin America and the Caribbean continent.
UNCEF data reveals that out of these marriages or unions, 12% of the brides were below 15 years of age, a figure doubling the average of weddings before 15 years of age in Latin America.
Deputy Jose Horacio Rodriguez revealed that congressmen cast their votes after they decided to accept some modifications made by the Senate to the bill on 21st December 21 and that “enriched” the law which was for the first time approved in November 2020, in the Lower House.
Now, the law will be taken to the Executive Branch in order to be enacted. Luis Abinader (the Dominican President) revealed that “it is unacceptable that the Dominican Republic occupies the first place” Latin America regarding this.