Shocking! 12 Year Old Is Married Off To A Man In 50’s
In a shocking video, a 12-year old girl is seen marrying a man who is old enough to be her father.
The little clad in virginal white, her face caked with makeup is seen posing for photographs along with her groom who is clinging to her. The marriage footage came out of Lebanon. The video has sparked outrage cutting across borders.
But in this instance, the wedding video was part of the campaign spearheaded by KAFA – Arabic for “enough”.
The video has gone viral clocking 1.7 million views. The clip is a grim reminder of truth where young girls are married off to older men in Lebanon, Syria and other parts of the world.
Nearly 15 million young children are forced into marrying men who are in their seventies. The Lebanon government has decided to pass a legislation requiring compulsory registration of the wedding.
The child marriage is quite common in these parts. Children as young as 8-9 can be married legally with the consent of the parents while a girl can give her consent by the age of 14. This heinous practice is prevalent among lower-middle income group.