Child pregnancy in Modern Nigeria: A socio-legal analysis
JA Ajonumah, A Ralph-Naale
Though theories on protection of the human rights of the child seem to identify with the principle of the best interest of the child, the latter principle has faced difficulties related to its application and assessment of what is in the best interest of the child, and also the balance between interests. Child pregnancy as we know it today, not only violates the right to dignity, life, personal liberty and reproductive health of the girl child, its resultant effects and implications impose far reaching consequences on an under aged girl, causing her to begin life as an adult from a rather disadvantaged point. This research extracts the truth on the growing wave and consequences of sexual activities amongst persons below the legal age of maturity as well as identifying a complexity of challenges within social, cultural and economic dimensions.