A 6-year-old girl was recently married off to a 55-year-old man in exchange of a goat and some other foodstuff. When the news came out about how a young girl, Gharibgol, was married off in a religious ceremony in Afghanistan, the police got the hint and arrested the 55-year-old man, Seyed Abdolkarim.
Gharibgol was reportedly married off to Abdolkarim by her father, who has also been arrested by the police, in exchange for a goat as well as other food stuffs including rice, tea, sugar, and cooking oil.
It was during investigation that Gharibgol’s dad revealed that he had been struggling to take care of his family, adding that the marriage meant one less mouth to feed and gained food stuffs.
A video footage taken by Fawad Ahmady for The Observers, shows Gharibgol’s father’s arrest in his village as local women attacked him, beating him up for being cruel to his young girl.
The father went further to reveal that he had married Gharibgol to Abdolkarim under promises that he would not sleep with her till she was 18 years of age.
Abdolkarim, a respected imam in the area, had however taken his new child bride to the house of a relative in Firozkoh, in Ghor province, claiming that she was his daughter.
His relatives had later become concerned after Abdolkarim had begun undressing the young girl at night. When asked later if she was his daughter, he answered saying: ‘No, she’s my wife; her father gave her to me’.
The host told a friend, who called the local women rights bureau for Ghor province. “Tests carried out by the hospital in Ghor show that “there was no sexual intercourse”. Gharibgol is reportedly being housed in protective custody with her mother at a safe location while further investigations are being carried out.