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Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi

Attorney General Faris Al Rawi presented statistics on Wednesday at the second round of public consultation on the Marriage Act and Issues Related to Children.

He stated that child marriages did not occur only in the Hindu religion or just in rural areas.

He addressed a packed room of religious bodies, NGO’s and members of the judicial system at the Radisson Hotel.

He said that while the focus has been on comments from the General Secretary of the Sanatan Dharma, Maha Sabha and the laws governing the Hindi Marriage Act child marriages are not unique to the Hindu religion.

Malda, INDIA:  An Indian groom puts vermilion, the holy mark belived the as sign of hindu marriage, on the forehead of his underage bride during a mass marriage programme in the village of Malda, some 360 Kms. northeast of Kolkata, 02 March 2006.  India amended its Child Marriage Restraint Act in 1978, setting 18 as the minimum age for a woman to marry and 21 for a man, and lawmakers hoped in vain that the threat of fines and imprisonment would curb under-age marriages, but the practice continues. AFP PHOTO/STR  (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Malda, INDIA: An Indian groom puts vermilion, the holy mark belived the as sign of hindu marriage, on the forehead of his underage bride during a mass marriage programme in the village of Malda, some 360 Kms. northeast of Kolkata, 02 March 2006. India amended its Child Marriage Restraint Act in 1978, setting 18 as the minimum age for a woman to marry and 21 for a man, and lawmakers hoped in vain that the threat of fines and imprisonment would curb under-age marriages, but the practice continues. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

He sought to dismiss the notion that under age marriages only take place in rural areas due to a lack of education.

He revealed that according to statistics between 1997 and 2016 underage marriages were occurring more in urban areas like Aranguez, Arima, Port of Spain and San Fernando.

Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi