These are viral photos from the wedding ceremony of a 60-year-old Nigerian man that got married to an underage Indian girl.
Since the Photos from their wedding appeared on the internet many people have reacted to their photos.
@Natashachauhan who reacted to the report tweeted;
In India…A probably 15yroldMuslimchild married to a probably 60 yrs old Nigerian…
That’s d women’sfreedominPeacefulcommunity. This young girl is married off/sold out to a Nigerian .. scene from Karnataka coastal family. God save her.
Girls Not Brides reports that India has the highest number of underage brides in the entire world. It is estimated that about 47% India girls get married before they clock 18 years.
The rates of child marriage vary between states and are as high as 69% and 65% in Bihar and Rajasthan.
While fewer Indian girls get married before they reach 15, rates of marriage have increased geometrically for girls between the age of 15 to 18.
In several communities, girls are seen as an economic burden and getting marry helps in transferring the responsibility to her new husband. Another problems are Poverty and marriage expenses such as dowry may lead a family to marry off their daughter at a young age to reduce these costs.
Patriarchy, class, and caste influence the norms and expectations around the role of women and girls in India. In many communities, restrictive norms limit girls to the role of daughter, wife, and mother who are first seen as the property of her father and then of her husband.
Controlling girls and women’s se.xuality is an influential factor in the practice of child marriage too. Pressure towards early marriage aims to minimize the dishonour associated with improper female se.xual conduct, often leading to marriages arranged around the time of puberty.
Poor educational opportunities for girls, especially in rural areas, also increase girls’ vulnerability to child marriage.