Data are somewhat contradictory. Ford and
Beach (1951:p182)stated that intercourse
before puberty ceremonies are strictly forbidden to boys. However, according
to Freimark (1911:p163), it was not uncommon among the
Senegalese Wolof to find premenarchal coitus.
(1982:p190-8) found that only 29 in
“Today [ca 1960, DJ]
this age is set by the decree of
In one case the marriage of a fourteen year old girl was be annulled by the application of the provisions of the decree of June 15, 1939, but in order to sustain the validity of the marriage, the defence invoked the fact that the marriage had not yet been consummated and would not be until the girl reached the age of puberty. The Court of Dakar nevertheless annulled the marriage by citing verbatim the provisions of the 1939 decree which prescribes the annulment of any matrimonial agreement concerning a girl who has not reached puberty, whether she consents or not. It concludes: “Consequently, the marriage of a girl who has not reached puberty is declared null in the full legal sense”. Faladé, however, stated that premenarchal consummation was infrequently present.
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