Marriage of 6-year-old girl in exchange for goat shocks Afghans

A video of a crying 6-year-old Afghan girl is being widely shared on social media in Afghanistan. Her name is Gharibgol, and she was sold into marriage to Seyed Abdolkarim, a 55-year-old mullah from her village.

According to Afghan law, women can be married from age 16 and men from age 18. According to our Observers, it is not rare for underage girls to get married in Afghanistan, but such a huge age gap is unusual. On social media, many Afghans expressed shock at this union, as well as by the fact that the child was sold in exchange of a goat and some food.

Observer Fawad Ahmady, a journalist in Herat, filmed the videos below and published them on Facebook as well as in local media.

“The girl’s father said that he was having trouble making ends meet”

About 40 days ago Gharibgol was forced to marry the mullah…

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