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Malawi Parliament Criticized for Passing Marriage Bill

Malawi's parliament has passed a revised marriage bill, raising the legal age of marriage for girls from 15 to 18. The revision comes after years of controversy, and the issue is still far from settled. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations bill, which was passed last week, seeks to replace a widely criticized old law which allowed 15-year-old girls to marry with parental consent. First drafted in 2006, the bill has undergone several changes to differentiate it from the old...

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