Cleric held over mar­riage to six-year-old

The Myanmar Times - - World -

An elderly Afghan cleric has been ar­rested af­ter he mar­ried a six-year-old girl, in the latest case high­light­ing the scourge of child mar­riages in the war-bat­tered coun­try. Mo­ham­mad Karim, said to be aged around 60, was held in cen­tral Ghor prov­ince as he claimed her par­ents gave him the girl as a “re­li­gious of­fer­ing”, of­fi­cials said. But they cited the fam­ily of the girl, be­lieved to be in shock, as say­ing that she was ab­ducted from western Herat prov­ince, bor­der­ing Iran.

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