Saturday, October 13, 2007

3 yer old bride

The Sun reported Little Sunam is among the 16 per cent of Afghan children married before they reach 15. Her dad Parvez promised Sunam to her seven-year-old cousin Nieem. It was a gift to the lad’s mum, Parvez’s sister, who wanted a daughter.

The children, from Kabul, will probably marry when they are 14 or 15. Their aunt Najiba says the match is “unbreakable” and they will not be able to divorce under tribe traditions. The minimum legal age of marriage in Afghanistan is 16 for girls and 18 for boys. But many wed earlier, as a bride can fetch twice the average yearly salary for her family.

Is this legal in Islam. Yes. Muhammad married Aisha at age 6, and consumated the marriage when she was 9.

1 comment:

Deb said...

That is so sad :(