The minister of health and population, Ahmed Emad Al-Deen, had announced on Wednesday that a new legislation that criminalizes child marriage is being finalized. The National population Council coordinated with the Ministry of Justice, the public prosecution, and the National Council for Women to make sure the law is well drafted and applied.
This change was brought about when a survey revealed that about 14.6 percent of the married girls in Egypt are between 15 and 19. Moreover, an Imam from al-Mahalla al-Kobra governorate was referred to an urgent trial when it has been found out the he had married off at least 27 minor girls.
In fact, Egypt’s not the only country that recently took such a step. On Wednesday, the Indian Supreme Court ruled that sexual intercourse with a girl who is under the age of 18 is rape regardless of the marital status of the girl.