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A child bride in Ghana who was married to a 63-year-old traditional priest is 15 and not 12 as earlier reported, the country's Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs Minister has said. BBC Monitoring
"My latest information which you obviously have is that she is almost 16...July somewhere she will be 16," Minister Stephen Asamoah Boateng said in an interview with Citi FM radio station on Tuesday. The world through its media
Mr Boateng added that although the girl was older than initially reported, she was still a minor and his ministry would work with other agencies to protect her rights. Sudan has suspended three pan-Arab TV stations, accusing them of "unprofessional reporting and
The chief of Nungua traditional area, where the ceremony was held, told Citi FM that the girl was 13. harmful publishing".
The legal minimum age to get married in Ghana is 18. United Arab Emirates (UAE)-owned Sky News Arabia and Saudi-owned
There has been public outrage after footage of Saturday's customary wedding was shared on social media. Al Arabiya and Al Hadath, which have been affected by the directive, have
On Monday, police said they had identified and tracked down the girl and that she would be under their protection as they investigated the controversial marriage. reported extensively on the civil war and political turmoil in Sudan.
The The suspension was prompted by the broadcasters' "lack of commitment to the required professionalism and transparency" and their failure to renew their licences, Information Minister Minister Graham Abdel Gader was quoted as saying.
office of the influential priest, who serves an indigenous community in The UAE-funded Sky News
the capital, has continued to defend the ceremony, saying it was a betrothal and the girl is not expected to perform marital duties yet. Arabia’s suspension also stemmed from "harmful publishing", according to local media.
The deputy attorney-general, Diana Asonaba Dapaah, has directed the police to investigate the issue, noting that a marriage of any kind to a minor, including a betrothal, was illegal and punishable under the country's law. Both Al Hadath and Al Arabiya said they were not officially informed of the suspension and have often renewed their licences.
Read more: The suspension comes just days after Sudan's foreign ministry accused
Ghana child bride under Sky News Arabia of airing a forged militant report.
police protection after marriage to priest Relations
between Sudan and the UAE have strained after the Sudanese army and Western
media accused the UAE of supplying weapons to the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the nearly
year-long conflict.
The Sudanese Journalists Syndicate (SJS) termed the decision a "clear
violation of freedom of expression and the press".
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