Traditional rulers institute fines to stem child marriage

Henceforth, any parent in the Jirapa District who gives out his or her daughter who is less than 18 years for marriage would be reported to the security agencies for action to be taken against them. Any person who also abducts, elopes or impregnates a girl, less than 18 years would be fined 1,500 Ghana Cedi, a ram and two bottles of schnapps, payable to the traditional rulers, of which the money would be given to the girl to cater for herself. In addition, all social activities in the communities would now be performed from 14hours till 1800hours and all children less than 18 years would be expected to be indoors by 2000hours. Read more here: