Unmarried couples have until the end of the year to legalise their relationships, Burundi government has said, as part of an effort to reform morals in the country.This is according to a law that was signed by President Pierre Nkurunziza aimed at ‘moralizing the Burundian society.’
Speaking to Aljazeera, Martin Nivyabandi a Human Rights Minister stated that after December the law will take effect.
“After December punishment will be rolled out to those couples who will not be legally married…If they don’t respect the law some of them will be taken to court and jailed,” said Nivyabandi.
Burundian government has been piling pressure on unwed couples across the country to tie the knot in what it claimed was a solution to the surge in population over ‘illegal marriages’, polygamy, bigamy and teenage pregnancy.
Officials have reportedly been organizing mass weddings to enact the president’s orders.