Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Niger: Where Childhood Ends On the Marriage Bed

Not paedophilia
"In many Western and Muslim countries what happened to Hadjo would be called paedophilia and the male attacker would be arrested and imprisoned.

In Niger that word is only applied to men who have sex with girls outside of marriage, said Idrissa Djibrilla, head of the Niger branch of Defence for Children International (DCI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO).

'Here we only talk about paedophilia when sex happens outside marriage,' Djibrilla said."

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