The Network of NGOs is supporting the position of the Hindu Women's Organisation (HWO), that some marriages be allowed under the age of 18.
The HWO suggests that some weddings be allowed between the ages of 16 and 18, once there is parental consent.
The following is a statement by the Network of NGOs.
"As the Child Marriage Bill is sent to the House of Representatives on March 3rd 2017, the Network of NGOs supports the Hindu Women’s Organisation’s position regarding the amendment to the Marriage Acts of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Hindu Women's Organisation has joined the call for a change in the Marriage Act to ensure that marriages are aligned to the age of consensual sex.
The Organisation issued this statement today:
"The Hindu Women’s Organization of T&T maintains its demands for the Marriage Acts of Trinidad and Tobago to be amended.
It reflects upon its advocacy in this regards which spanned the period November 2012- May 2013 when a petition which attracted close to 1000 signatures was presented to the former Minister of Legal Affairs Mr. Prakash Ramadhar.