Child Mariage

Archbishop Joseph Harris: Child marriage is like legalised statutory rape

Archbishop of Port-of-Spain, Joseph Harris says forcing a 13-year-old to be married is legalised statutory rape.

He made the comment in a live Facebook Question and Answer session today, in response to a question on the controversial child marriage topic.

The Archbishop said a 13-year-old does not understand what marriage is about and should not be forced.

“Culture is not something that is perfect, cultures are never perfect, you have good customs and bad customs and there are those customs you have to repudiate and those you have to exalt and make better.