eSwatini MP suggests kids should be arrested to stifle teen pregnancy

eSwatini MP suggests kids should be arrested to stifle teen pregnancy

Teen pregnancies remains a big problem in eSwatini and one lawmaker thinks that giving underage children jail time will help take on the issue. Michael Masuku feels it will discourage them from having sex at a young age.

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Each year, about 1 000 eSwatini girls leave school early because they fall pregnant and this is a serious matter for the landlocked country.

As a way of taking on teen pregnancies, an eSwatini MP has suggested that underaged children involved in sexual behaviour should be arrested.

The Citizen reports that Michael Masuku made the suggestion during a workshop hosted in parliament.

"It is my personal opinion that one way to curb teenage pregnancy in the country could be arresting the underage children involved."

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Maseku feels that the threat of arrest would discourage young children from becoming sexually active.

"Arresting them would discourage and scare them from engaging in teenage sex." gathered from SowetanLIVE that Maseku also feels that teen pregnancy should be an offence that is punishable by law.

Both girls and boys should be punished and spend 1 year behind bars will "preserve their virginity and instil good morals".

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Jane Mkhonta, the director in the Gender Department, said teen pregnancies lead to 1 046 girls dropping out of school each year.

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