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Tanzania To Begin Arrest Of Pregnant Teenagers

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John Mongella, a regional commissioner in Tanzania, has announced that pregnant teenagers will be arrested and charged to court, local news portal The Citizen reports.

Mongella, speaking on Monday, said pregnant teenagers have a tendency to not divulge who it was that got them pregnant.

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They should be taken to court, he said, and should be forced to testify and name the persons who impregnated them. He said:

There have been a tendency of pregnant schoolgirls not to mention the name of a person who impregnated them. This is a challenge when one is required to testify in court.

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Directors and district commissioners in the Mwanza region have been ordered to locate all pregnant schoolgirls and take them to court.

This is following a move in June by Tanzanian President John Magufuli, where he upheld a law that bans girls from returning to school after they have given birth.

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Both the upholding of the law and the move by Mongella have been described as an infringement against the human rights of the girls.




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