Harmful practice driven by the tradition of patrilineal inheritance in many societies, coupled with a reliance on boys to provide economic support, to ensure security in old age and to perform death rites.
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(2) Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against children and PCEO Plan International (2012). Protecting Children from Harmful Practices in Plural Legal Systems with a Special Emphasis On Africa – Final Report on Harmful Practices. Available at: https://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/sites/default/files/publication...