Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Child Marriage

Man, 70, marries 15-year-old

Apparently, in this poor girl's household, her value is $20,000...

I don't know her parents' motivation for selling her to this much older man.  There are many possibilities:

1.  They were greedy for money.
2.  They have other children to feed, are poor and made a choice - sacrifice one to save many idea.
3.  They were lied to in regard to what her exact situation would be.
4.  Culturally speaking a daughter has little value so they saw no harm in profiting the family.

Obviously this is a short list and by no means comprehensive but somewhere in all of that is the truth.  No matter the reason, it does not sound as if it was the girl's choice to marry this man and that alone should make the arrangement untenable. 

So many girls like her...and so many in far worse situations.  My heart breaks every time I read even just the headline.  The story itself makes me weep.

Proverbs 31:8-9

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