Attorney General vs Rebeca Z. Gyumi (Civil Appeal 204 of 2017) [2019] TZCA 348 (23 October 2019)

Case summary


The case "Attorney General vs Rebeca Z. Gyumi" focuses on the constitutionality of sections 13 and 17 of the Law of Marriage Act (LMA), which permit girls to marry at 15 with parental or court consent, while boys can marry at 18. The High Court found these sections discriminatory, violating constitutional equality and non-discrimination rights. The court directed the government, via the Attorney General, to amend these laws within a year, setting 18 as the minimum marriage age for both sexes. The judgment emphasizes aligning domestic laws with international human rights standards, ensuring equal treatment for men and women in marriage rights.

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