Although a minor is a person under the age of 18 in SVG, the minimum age at which a person can legally marry is 15 years on the basis of section 4, paragraph 1, of the SVG Marriage Act entitled “Age of marriage” and 16 years for a male person. From the above, it can be seen that the SVG marriage law needs to be amended urgently. Even though child marriage is not currently recognised as a widespread problem in SVG, the law currently legalises the practice and provides a way for children to be abused and exploited. Child marriage should be illegal and severe penalties should be provided to deter adults who attempt to force, pressure or allow children to enter into such marriages. It is well known that many married couples can enter into sexual relations with each other, among other things. On the basis of section 4 (1) of the SVG Marriage Act, I would like to think and believe in my current opinion that at the age of 16, a male person in SVG may be legally capable of consenting to sexual intercourse, because according to the current state of the law, a male person can legally marry in SVG at the age of 16. I respectfully believe that a separate section entitled “Buggery” covering anal sex in relation to individuals may not be necessary, as the definition of rape in the SVG Criminal Code can be expanded if it has not already been made to include non-consensual sex per year. In addition, I believe that Article 123 of the SVG Penal Code should, among other things, explicitly recognize and criminalize male rape, because I believe that a man can also be raped by another man and a woman. There are many other sexual offences listed in the SVG Criminal Code that may apply, among others, to minors who are incapable of consenting to certain sexual acts and/or behaviours, or who are under the age of 18.
Antigua and Barbuda quickly followed, abolishing child marriage in 2019. However, 10 other English-speaking territories in the Commonwealth of the Caribbean continue to recognise child marriage. These are Belize, Bahamas, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Commonwealth of Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada and the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. In 2017, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child stated in its “Concluding Observations on the combined 2nd and 3rd periodic reports of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Committee on the Rights of the Child” that it was concerned about “the persistently high prevalence of child maltreatment, including neglect and physical, sexual and emotional abuse and incest” in SVG. In addition, he was also concerned that “child prostitution is often justified by families and child victims themselves as a mechanism for combating poverty” in SVG. In the case of a minor aged 15 or over, but under the age of 18 and with whom an adult may have had unlawful sexual intercourse, this minor may be invoked under article 123 of the SVG Criminal Code, entitled “rape”. If the illegal sexual act on a minor, who may be a man or a woman, is anal sex, a minor may be claimed under Article 146 of the SVG Penal Code entitled “sodomy”. Экономические санкции и торговые ограничения могут применяться к порядку использования вами Сервисов и могут изменяться, поэтому участникам следует регулярно проверять источники информации о санкциях.
За юридической консультацией обращайтесь к квалифицированному специалисту. Child marriage has been recognised by many human rights bodies and/or experts as a practice that violates children`s rights and constitutes a form of gender-based violence.