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The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood announced that it had thwarted two attempts to marry two girls without reaching the legal age, in the governorates of Assiut and Giza.
Dr. Azza Al-Ashmawi, Secretary-General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, explained that the 16000 Child Helpline of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood received two first reports on April 1 stating that the father of a 14-year-old girl in the Sadfa Center in Assiut Governorate married her on Thursday, in violation of the law and without reaching it The legal age, in addition to receiving the help line for another communication on April 2 stating that another child is married in the Atfih Center, Giza Governorate, where her mother intended to marry her customary to her brother’s son.
In this context, Al-Ashmawy directed to take the necessary measures by submitting a communication to the Child Protection Office of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, who forwarded the two communications to the First Counselor to the Public Prosecutor for the Assiut Appeal, and the First Counselor to the Public Prosecutor for the Southern Giza Public Prosecution, in order to ensure the future of children and stop violations and abuse That they are exposed to.
“Al-Ashmawi” indicated that the competent public prosecutor has begun its investigations, where the Sadfa District Prosecutor’s Office in Asyut Governorate summoned the child’s father and groom and decided that it was only for the sermon, and that the marriage will not be completed before reaching the legal age, and the Prosecutor’s Office and Atfih District in Giza Governorate have investigated the incident by calling the mother of the child And the groom’s father, who decided that the marriage will not be completed before reaching the legal age.
Al-Ashmawy emphasized that these facts impinge on the dignity and rights of the child, and in violation of the provision of Article (80) of the Constitution, including the state’s commitment to caring for and protecting the child from all forms of violence, abuse, abuse, sexual and commercial exploitation, and in violation of the provision of Article (96) of the Child Law No. 12 of 1996, as amended by Law No. 126 of 2008, in the matter of endangering the child, and what it constitutes of the offense of a defamatory assault in accordance with the text of Article (268) of the Egyptian Penal Code No. 58 of 1937, and the offense of coercion to sign the customary, afflicted marriage contract According to the provisions of Article (325) of the Penal Code
Dr. Azza Al-Ashmawi thanked the Counselor General Prosecutor and the Child Protection Bureau of the Public Prosecutor’s Office for the speedy response to the Council’s report on the situation of the two girls and the issuance of its decision in line with the best interests of the girl child.
She stressed that the Public Prosecution does not spare an effort to support the rights of children and protect them from all forms of violence, abuse or neglect that they may be subjected to, and Al-Ashmawi stressed that the Council does not fail to take all measures that would stop putting children at risk and eliminate violence, including marriage cases. Children and that the Council will always stand against these practices harmful to girls that put their lives at risk and perpetuate the concepts of violence against them.
And Ashmawi called for the speedy issuance of the law criminalizing child marriage to eliminate this phenomenon that endangers the lives of girls (because the girl at this age did not have sufficient opportunities to mature in terms of emotional, social, physical, and mental, and she did not have the opportunity to develop her skills and develop her cognitive capabilities and self-discovery And knowing the extent of its ability to assume public and family responsibilities), in addition to that this incident is contrary to the provisions of the Constitution of Egypt and the Child Law No. 12 of 1996, amended by Law No. 126 of 2008, and the Civil Status Law promulgated by Law No. 143 of 1994.
Dr. Azza Al-Ashmawi also extended sincere thanks to the General Committee for Child Protection in the Governorate of Assiut and its subcommittee in the city of Sidfa, as well as the General Committee for Child Protection in Giza Governorate and its subcommittee in the center and city of Atfih for its efforts and its unrelenting work in monitoring all cases of exposure to the necessary preventive and curative intervention and following up what is being taken Of actions on it, which helps to quickly save children from every danger, violence or neglect they are exposed to.