early marriage

Video appearing to show 15-year-old girl’s engagement sparks outrage in Georgia

By | February 10th, 2021|Categories: Society|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch--A video allegedly depicting the forced engagement of an underage girl has sparked public outrage in Georgia and even in neighboring Azerbaijan, where the ombudsman asked her Georgian counterpart to get involved. The case gained country-wide recognition after a video was posted on social media February 8 allegedly depicting the engagement party of a young [...]

Too young to tie the knot

By | March 30th, 2017|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

Seven of Taso Tsatiashvili’s daughers were married before they turned 18. (DFWatch.) IORMUGHANLO, DFWatch–Although Georgia has brought in a more restrictive marriage law, the problems of child marriage and arranged engagements persist, especially in areas with a minority population. A study carried out by the United Nations Population […]

29-year-old man arrested for beating his 15-year-old wife

By | November 5th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A 29-year-old man was arrested a few days ago in Georgia for beating his 15-year-old wife. The young victim’s mother says her underage daughter has broken teeth, broken ribs and a broken nose after suffering systematic abuse at the hands of her husband. […]

Fewer underage marriages registered in Georgia

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–There were 611 cases of marriage involving a minor last year, compared to 665 in 2014, according to the latest figures from the Ombudsman’s Office. 95 percent of the minors were girls. The report says that there were 408 pupils in Georgia […]

Over 1,400 minors became parents in Georgia last year

By | March 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

A girl participates in a performance to protest early marriages in November, 2015 (DFWatch) TBILISI, DFWatch–More than 1,440 minors became parents in 2015 and there were registered 611 marriages of people from 16 to 18 years, according to a report published Monday by Georgia’s ombudsman. In 2014, there were registered 665 marriages involving minors. […]

Court in Georgia to hear case of man who married 15 year old girl

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |

(Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The regional Court in Sighnaghi in eastern Georgia is considering the case of a 25 year old man who married a 15 year old girl who is pregnant. A few weeks ago, the couple showed up at a talk show on Imedi TV called the Gia Jajanidze Show. The man told of how he and the girl found […]

Georgian man will not face trial for marrying 13 year old

By | December 9th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

From a recent street performance by school children to highlight the problem of child marriage. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–A man who married a 13 year old girl and now has two children by her will not face trial for sexual relations with a minor, prosecutors have decided. Nadim Paksadze, who is now 21, was under investigation for marrying a minor, which has become […]

School children held performance to show what early marriage means

By | November 26th, 2015|Categories: Society|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–School children appeared outside the government office on Wednesday, enacting scenes where they were forced to abandon their dreams in order to become a wife and mother. The street performance was staged by the Georgian Women’s […]

Georgian parliament considers bill to restrict early marriage

By | October 15th, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: |

8th to 12th graders learning about gender issues at a school in Marneuli. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian parliament is to consider making it mandatory to get a court’s permission for persons of the age 16 to 18 to get married. The bill was put forth by parliament’s judiciary committee and is based on a recommendation […]

Public defender drafts law to have courts decide early marriage

By | June 3rd, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Public Defender Ucha Nanuashvili. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia’s public defender recommends amending the Civil Code so that only the courts may give permission for 16 to 18 year olds to marry. The public defender has prepared a draft bill which was submitted to parliament on May 25. Youth between 16 to 18 may […]

Preventing child brides in Kvemo Kartli

By | March 25th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , , |

Samira Bayramova. (DF Watch.) Marneuli, DFWatch–“The man thinks that she is still a child, she doesn’t know anything, and that is a good thing for her,” says Samira Bayramova, a women’s rights activist in Marneuli working to prevent young girls from becoming child brides. “Mothers-in-law […]

How community leaders view a child marriage in Pankisi, Georgia

By | March 17th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

(DF Watch.) PANKISI, DFWatch–About a month ago, a 13 year old girl was married to a 23 year old man in Pankisi Gorge with approval from the girl’s parents. This has caused concern in the Council of Women and the Council of Elders, two mediation bodies which play an important […]

Deadly ‘bridenapping’ in Kakheti

By | October 8th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, Society, Youth|Tags: , , , , |

Few girls finish secondary school in Sagarejo, because they get married at a young age. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–When a young man was murdered last weekend in Kazlar, an Azeri village 40km east of Tbilisi, it could have been one among many stories of violence and homicides in rural Georgia, but the circumstances of this case makes it stand out. 21 year […]

Why do so few girls finish school in Duzagrama?

By | April 13th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News, Youth|Tags: , |

Most girls in Duzagrama get married and drop out of school before ninth grade. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Pariz Alakhverdiani, 17, is in 12th grade at the public school in Duzagrama, a small village in southeast Georgia populated by ethnic Azerbaijanis. Alakhverdiani wants to study at the Medical University in Tbilisi and has decided to become a dentist. […]