An elderly Afghan cleric has been arrested after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said on Friday, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages in the war-battered country. Mohammad Karim, said to be aged around 60, was held in central Ghor province as he claimed her parents gave him the girl as a “religious offering”, officials said. But they cited the family of the girl, believed to be in shock, as saying that she was abducted from western Herat province, bordering Iran.
Sadly such ‘marriages’ (they are really the acts of pedophiles) are quite common in Afghanistan (one of our ‘allies’)…
“In some regions because of insecurity and poverty the families marry off their daughters at a very early age to get rid of them,” Sima Samar, head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, said this month. Afghan civil law sets the legal age of marriage at 16 for girls, yet 15 percent of Afghan women under 50 were married before their 15th birthday and almost half were married before the age of 18, according to Save the Children. “So many children who are married off at a young age are deprived of their right to education, safety and the ability to make choices about their future,” the international charity said this month. “This is such a fundamental breach of a child’s basic rights.”
This is all nothing but religiously justified child molestation. And it is evil. If clerics condemned this lunacy instead of practicing it themselves maybe children could be kept safe.