21 underage girls in Isiolo pregnant
03 March 2016, 11:42
Isiolo - Some 21 underage girls from Ariemet area in Isiolo County have been found to be pregnant.
Area County Commissioner, George Natembeya has directed Chiefs to provide names of teenage girls who are pregnant and have been married off by their parents.
Speaking during a visit to Isiolo-Samburu Complex primary school in Ngaremara Ward, Natembeya said those responsible for impregnating teenage girls will face prosecution.
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He described early marriages as a major impediment to girl child education in the area and assured of government commitment to wipe it out.
Natemebya said the government will not condone early marriages and teenage pregnancies, noting that the vice was counterproductive to the aspirations of the Country.
“The government policy of providing free and compulsory education will be an exercise in futility if our children continue being married off,” Natembeya noted.
The Commissioner said underage girls cannot consent to sex and that anyone who impregnates them is a rapist and should be prosecuted.
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