It is shocking to even see customs and traditions of some countries that support two underage children to be married off.
Children have big, bold dreams. And yet for too many kids around the world, those dreams are cut short when they are married off before they’ve even made it to adulthood. That’s the case for 76.6% of girls in Niger, 71.5% in Chad and 68.7% in Bangladesh. Parents must protect their children and revolt against this practice.
A five year old little girl who was being married off to her nine-year-old ‘husband’ was rescued by welfare officials, as they stood at the altar to get married to each other, while their parents looked on.. The wedding ceremony which was taking place in Mambapur, Telangana state, central India, was fortunately stopped by India’s Child Welfare Department officials, who carried the crying 5 year old child away from the venue and into protective custody.
The wedding was said to be a part of a reported caste ritual.
Children’s rights activist Achyuta Rao from charity Balala Hakkula Sangham said the parents were conducting the marriage because someone had died recently in the household.
“As per their custom, no relative will enter their house after the death of a family member, unless they perform an ‘auspicious event’ and celebrate it.”
Police reportedly counselled the parents of both children after the wedding was disrupted.
Source: Studio News