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60-Yr-old Afghan Muslim Cleric Arrested After Marrying a 6-yr-old Girl, Claims She was a “Religious Offering”

An elderly Afghan cleric has been arrested after he married a six-year-old girl, officials said Friday, July 30, in the latest case highlighting the scourge of child marriages in the Muslim country.

Mohammad Karim, said to around 60, who was being held in the central province of Ghor province, claimed her parents gave him the girl as a “religious offering”. But officials cited the girl’s family on Friday as saying that she was abducted from the western province of Herat.

“This girl does not speak, but repeats only one thing: ‘I am afraid of this man’,” said Masoom Anwari, head of the women affairs department in Ghor.

The girl is currently in a woman’s shelter in Ghor and her parents are on their way to the province to collect her, the local governor’s office said.

“Karim has been jailed and our investigation is ongoing,” said Abdul Hai Khatibi, the governor’s spokesman. The incidents highlight rising cases of child marriages in Afghanistan.

“In some regions because of insecurity and poverty the families marry off their daughters at a very early age to get rid of them,” said Sima Samar, head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

Afghan civil law sets the legal age of marriage at 16 for girls, yet 15 per cent of Afghan women under 50 were married before their 15th birthday and almost half were married before the age of 18.

“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 charity said.

“This is such a fundamental breach of a child’s basic right.” Samar added.

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  1. Biblical Law permits that if a girl has had her period at least then she is suitable for child bearing perhaps it causing severe harm to her internally but the also says that certain rights will have been given to the lands and they are to be respected especially when we know that they have set specified age restrictions for the girls then it would also override even what the parents would still be willing to permit because in some countries their are agencies that are set up and designed to come in and remove the children from the parents care and once this happens their rights are revoked and yes the parents can also face charges and once they have child endangerment on their record which it is now a whole new set of problems as society will place them under scrutiny and shun them it isn’t worth it especially when you reside in one of these lands where you “WILL” need employment to survive and where with most companies background checks are evitable things like rape and almost anything that negligently involving children will cause you to suffer these records are often times impossible to have wiped clean many have tried end result often times they will not be hired food for thought for those that depend on their jobs

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