A picture shared by women's rights NGO KAFA shows N.Aa.T who was found dead in her home in Akkar. (Kafa Facebook page)
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A rights group Friday blasted local media over recent coverage of the death of a married minor, saying that there was no room for speculation before investigations are finalized.Friday's developments also brought back to the limelight one of civil society's primary demands, to end child marriage in the country.An April 2017 report by the Human Rights Watch warned that child marriage leaves permanent consequences.HRW called on Lebanese authorities to prevent child marriage through programs that focus on empowering girls as well as educating the parents and the community about the implications of early marriage.Awada also explained that the recent death of the young girl prompted action on two levels: pushing for 18 as a national minimum age of marriage and the abolition and amendment of certain articles stipulated by the Lebanese Penal Code, mainly Article 505 and 518, which provide legal justification for child marriage.
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