Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

africa

Outrage after Zimbabwean girl, 14, dies giving birth at church shrine

Police in Zimbabwe are investigating the death of a 14-year-old girl during childbirth, a case that sparked outrage among citizens and rights activists.

Memory Machaya is reported to have died last month at a church shrine in the eastern region of Marange. 

The case has exposed the exploitation of minors, as she was reportedly forced to abandon school to get married.

The United Nations urged the government to recognise child marriage as a crime and bring an end to the practice.

The organisation said it “notes with deep concern” and “condemns strongly” reports into the circumstances surrounding the death.

“The current trend of unresolved cases of violence against women and girls in Zimbabwe, including marriages of minors, cannot continue with impunity,” the UN said in a statement on Saturday. 

The girl’s death on 15 July has put the spotlight on the practice of child marriage within Zimbabwe’s Apostolic Church, which often rejects medicine and hospital treatment.

Her family has said that the baby survived the birth and was doing well, local media report.

The circumstances that led to the death and subsequent burial are under investigation by the police and the country’s state gender commission.

An online petition calling for “justice for Memory Machaya” has so far received more than 57,000 signatures. 

Zimbabwean feminist activist Everjoice Win said it was time for people to pressure those “with the power to uphold the law, or make new laws”

Women and girls were “not seen as fully human, with individual rights… to control our own bodies” she wrote on Twitter. 

By law, Zimbabwean girls are allowed to get married at the age of 18, while 16 is the age of sexual consent.

But some families believe child marriage can provide financial benefits. 

Many child brides hope marriage will provide the opportunity to go to school. However, young girls typically end up falling pregnant soon after, or being kept at home to carry out household chores.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

World

For Harry, returning to London to attend Prince Philip’s funeral last month meant once more facing a place where he felt trapped and hunted...

Sticky Post

Many Muslims all over Northern Nigeria have written to condemn Sheikh Abubakar Salihu Zaria for his fiery and inciting sermon of wihch he was...

Around The States

A group with the name Concerned Citizens of Askira Uba have written to NEWISSUES magazine to express their concerns over the arrangement to site...

Sticky Post

… Says Shooter in Police Net Amid Ongoing Probe… Pastor says He has Monitored Zulum’s Concern By Aisha Idowu Borno Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum,...

Around The States

The Benue State government have penned down a response to the Buhari administration, outrightly acussing the federal government under Buhari of complicity in the...

Sticky Post

A lot of President Buhari die hard supporters in his stronghold of Muslim North have expressed shock and disappointment over the ostentatious display of...

Sticky Post

Nigerians on social media have expressed displeasure over the arrest and handing over of six people to the Nigerian secret police because they wore...

Sticky Post

Federal authorities in the U.S. have been investigating Mr Abbas and his co-conspirators after their syndicate was busted in Dubai, New York and other...

Sticky Post

The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, in an interview with BBC Hausa has reiterated that bandits must be hunted down by security...

Crime/Corruption

Two Fulani herdsmen who were camped in a farm in Mangu Local Government of Plateau State have been tracked down and killed. They were...

Sticky Post

Bandits have attacked the permanent site of the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna State, killing two officers and abducting one other officer. Although the...

Sticky Post

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali, has ordered an internal investigation into the allegation against DCP Abba Kyari. In the press release...