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Guyana court OKs wedding of girl to accused rapist

Court allows 15-year-old Guyana girl to marry accused rapist; activists condemn ruling

Guyana court OKs wedding of girl to accused rapist

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- A Guyana judge's decision to allow the marriage of a 15-year-old girl to the man accused of raping and getting her pregnant has riled the South American country.

Chief Justice Ian Chang says he allowed the two to marry on humanitarian grounds. The girl became pregnant and after her parents petitioned the court to authorize the union.

Women rights' activists said Wednesday they are researching Guyana's laws to determine whether Chang's ruling is legal.

The girl's 38-year-old husband still faces statutory rape charges. A judge has postponed the man's hearing until next month while seeking advice on how to proceed, given the high court ruling. The man could face at least five years in prison if found guilty.

The age of consent in Guyana is 16.