Girl, 14, and student, 17, ditch school and get married with parents' blessing

A 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old student dropped out of school and got married after receiving their parents’ blessing.

The children, from various villages in China’s southern Guandong province, met online and were married on Nov. 26 this year, foreign media reports.

Although they did not apply for a marriage certificate, the ceremony was conducted in accordance with local customs.

A video appeared of the children having a “wedding reception” and eating at a table decorated with red candles, What’s on Weibo reports.

In the images, a woman is encouraging the couple to eat more.

The parents concerned reportedly had a “weak understanding of the legal system”.



The boy’s grandparents helped prepare for the wedding, it is said.

During a taped interview, the grandmother said, “We didn’t know it was against the law. We are both old, and we did not know. “

The girl now lives with her family and returns to school.

In October, a 13-year-old Christian girl in Pakistan was kidnapped by a 44-year-old Muslim man who forced her to convert to Islam and marry him.

Arzoo Raja was reportedly taken from her home in Karachi on October 13, and two days later her “husband” Ali Azhar submitted a marriage certificate stating that she was 18 and had converted to his religion.



Girl, 14, and student, 17, ditch school and get married with parents' blessing

The case has sparked protests in Karachi and Lahore, but a Pakistani court initially upheld the marriage after her husband claimed she converted of her own free will.

It is alleged that Arzoo tried to run to her mother during the hearing, but Azhar held her tight to keep her from leaving.

Her father said his daughter was kidnapped from the family home after her parents went to work.

When police contacted the family two days later, they said Azhar had already obtained a marriage certificate, according to a Christian group called the Center for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS).

A court later ruled that she should remain a government shelter until she was 18.



Girl, 14, and student, 17, ditch school and get married with parents' blessing

On Nov. 9, the Supreme Court in Sindh Province ruled that Arzoo was a minor and that her marriage to Azhar violated the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, according to NHO International Christian Concern.

The criminal charges against Azhar were dismissed.

However, Jibran Nasir, the family’s attorney, told Morning Star News, “I think it is a good verdict because the court has not quashed the FIR (initial inquiry) registered by Arzoo’s father and there has been a legal rape of one minor added. a crime punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty. “

He added, “Please understand that Arzoo is reluctant to live with her parents because of the consistent brainwashing carried out by the accused and certain community activists for ulterior motives.”

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