Unmarried Couples In Burundi Are Being Ordered to Wed Before the End of The Year

The Burundian government claims that the policy will help protect women and children. But many are giving them the side-eye.

The Burundian government strikes again.

Unmarried couples in the country are being required to legalize their unions through church or state institutions by the end of 2017, repots Al Jazeera.

President Pierre Nkurunziza signed the order back in May, claiming that this measure would help protect women and children, specifically when it comes to possessing the legal documents for inheritance, and promote good morals. Many doubt that the government's actions are genuine, and have pointed out that the policy infringes upon people's religious and sexual freedoms.

This isn't the firs time the government of Burundi has made an odd decision concerning the rights of its citizens. Last week, women were banned from taking part in Burundi's famous drumming ritual.

For more on the subject, check out the video below, via Al Jazeera.

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