I had to wondered is this a form of molestation. This little boy is being robbed of his child hood. Instead of getting ready for school, or playing with friends his age, he is getting married to a 61-year-old woman. Well let me rephrase that, he has married a 61-year-old woman. No need for maturity and no need for puberty. He hasn’t even reached his teenage years. Articles like this sadden me because if it was a little girl would it get this much publicity? These people are celebrating and glorifying this young 8-year-old boy to have a wife. His wife is 61 years old woman with 5 grown children and here she marries a 8-year-old boy. Will this boy ever truly respect women? I find it hard to believe so. In guest filled event with family and friends, he was arranged to be married before even becoming a teenager because his ancestors told him to. I can’t imagine if the child is a husband all of the improper things that are and will be introduced into his life before becoming a teenager. Haven’t we seen enough sad stories of child abuse or molestation? Where is the mother? How long will his life span be if he has the worries of a husband at the age 8 years. Some could call this rape or molestation, but in South Africa it is considered neither, it is a boy coming into his adulthood. Not only does the boy suffer but this woman suffers too, she has an eight year old husband, i don’t even want to say the word intimacy. This an inevitable reminder that our children, women and girls around the world are still suffering unspeakable injustices and inequalities. Take the case of an 8-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia, who was married off to a 47-year-old man in order to settle her father’s debts in 2009. Both of these stories I find demoralizing to women because in both stories were derived in patriarchy worlds that still exist in our society, both the boy and the grown man marrying females that are given to the men (or boy) as gifts (commodities) instead of marrying for love and companionship with someone of their own age. My question is, how can we attack those who molest our children but not those who marry our children? And a part of me wonders how can a mother of 5 children can marry a child? Expression from the bride and groom show no happiness, in which I find very fitting because they is nothing happy about a child being married off to an adult or the demoralizing of a female.
8yr-old MARRIES 61yr-old ….. Who Suffers?
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