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Child Bride’s Fate

As we were talking about in class, marriage and the family have a variety of definitions.  A family to some is a living with parents who are married, to others it’s living with friends. The many different opinions on the subject really opened my eyes to certain things. Women and men are pressured into marriage as they get closer and closer to the appropriate age.  But what if you are not pressured into marriage, but forced into it?

I came across an article about a week ago and I was in complete shock after reading just the title: “Afghan Girl, 6, Rescued from Child Bride Fate; Countless Others not so Lucky.” The 6-year-old girl was to be sold for marriage so her dad can pay off his $2,500 debt. Her father borrowed the money so he can pay the hospital for his family’s treatments, but he couldn’t pay it back, so his daughter’s fate rested in his hands. Luckily for her, an anonymous person paid off her father’s debt. Unfortunately she was one of the hundreds of afghani girls who must put up with this. A female member of parliament by the name of Fawzia Kofi stated in the article, ““I’m sure there are worse cases we don’t even know about,” she said. “Early marriage and forced marriage are the two most common forms of violent behavior against women and girls.” After reading this I feel truly blessed that I will never be put in that position. We tend to think of the ways we can convince our parents or friends that we want to hold off marriage, or not get married at all, but we take it for granted that others in the world do not have that choice at all. Even if marriage is a priority, we always picture our “happy” futures in our homes and white picket fences. It is really sad that girls being forced into marriage at such a young age won’t  be able to even picture their future in the same way.


4 Comments

  1. ninazm21 says:

    I hear about this to and it was honestly so disturbing to me. It was a government enforced thing which is even more disturbing. The dad went to court and the court ruled that the dad had to repay the money or give his 6 year old daughter up to marry the 17 year old son of the man he borrowed the money from. They were even afraid that after someone donated the $2500 the court would rule it was to late to pay back the debt and he would have to give up his daughter. Luckily that didn’t happen but like you mentioned there are probably hundreds of cases just like this that have a different outcome. It’s really sad and disgusting.

  2. sparkst2013 says:

    This is heartbreaking that a young girls are forced in some countries to have to be apart of such cultural ritual. Especially, at their age they do not understand the concept of marriage or the responsibilities that comes along with it. Just the thought of being forced to do something period is upsitting but something like this is just heartbreaking.

  3. wahmad2013 says:

    I agree with the above comments in that this was both disturbing and heartbreaking. It’s sad to see that young children are getting forced to marry without even getting a change to picture their future ahead of them. This girl was basically used as a source of debt pay which is immoral.

  4. nabbas2013 says:

    I was not aware of this case until I read your blog and decided to read about it myself. I found it to also be disturbing. It is things like this that continues to lead to violence against women. We all want a perfect future with a perfect spouse and children. We start picturing our future at a young age and plan our dream wedding. However, this poor girl as well as many others, would not even have the chance to envision what she wants her future to look like.

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