Child bride sentence handed down in Afghanistan

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Young Girls Prepare for Exams in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, the minimum age for marriage is 16, but UN Women estimates half of all girls marry before age 15.

The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), which has been working to end the practice, says child brides represent the most prevalent form of sexual abuse and exploitation of girls.

Just recently the in-laws of an Afghanistan child bride who was tortured were sentenced to ten years in jail for human rights violations.

Julie Walker spoke with UNICEF'S Micaela Pasini, Chief of Child Protection section for UNICEF Afghanistan about the issue of young girls forced into marriage at a young age.

Duration: 3’06″

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