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11-year-old girl married to 40-year-old man

August 5th, 2012
09:58 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

Before their wedding ceremony begins in rural Afghanistan, a 40-year-old man sits to be photographed with his 11-year-old bride. The girl tells the photographer that she is sad to be engaged because she had hoped to become a teacher. Her favorite class was Dari, the local language, before she had to leave her studies to get married.

She is one of the 51 million child brides around the world today. And it's not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions.

Photographer Stephanie Sinclair has traveled the world taking pictures, like the one of the Afghan couple, to document the phenomenon. Christiane Amanpour spoke with Sinclair about a book which features her photographs called, "Questions without Answers: The World in Pictures by the Photographers of VII."

Faiz, 40, and Ghulam, 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in the rural Afghnanistan on Sept. 11, 2005.

Faiz, 40, and Ghulam, 11, sit in her home prior to their wedding in rural Afghanistan in 2005.

Amanpour asked Sinclair if the 11-year-old Afghan girl married in 2005, and others like her, consummate their marriages at such an early age. Sinclair says while many Afghans told her the men would wait until puberty, women pulled her aside to tell her that indeed the men do have sex with the prepubescent brides.

Sinclair has been working on the project for nearly a decade. She goes into the areas with help from people in these communities who want the practice to stop, because they see the harmful repercussions.

Whenever I saw him, I hid. I hated to see him," Tahani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25. The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Hajjah.

"Whenever I saw him, I hid. I hated to see him," Tehani (in pink) recalls of the early days of her marriage to Majed, when she was 6 and he was 25. The young wife posed for this portrait with former classmate Ghada, also a child bride, outside their mountain home in Yemen.

In Yemen, a similar picture. Tehani and Ghada are sisters-in-law photographed with their husbands, who are both members of the military. Like most of the girls, Tehani didn’t even know she was getting married, until the wedding night. She was six years old.

Tehani describes how she entered the marriage, “They were decorating my hands, but I didn’t know they were going to marry me off. Then my mother came in and said, ‘Come on my daughter.’ They were dressing me up and I was asking, ‘Where are you taking me?’”

Sinclair says, “This harmful, traditional practice of child marriage is just so embedded in some of these cultures that the families don't protect them as they should.”

The subjects do know they’re being photographed and Sinclair tells them the topic she is working on. She does tell them that there is teen pregnancy in places like the U.S., but for the societies she’s photographing it’s even worse that 13-year-old girls are pregnant and unmarried.

Nujoud Ali, two years after her divorce - when she was only eight years old - from her husband, more than 20 years her senior.

Nujoud Ali, two years after her divorce in Yemen – when she was only ten years old – from her husband, more than 20 years her senior.

Another one of the photographs Sinclair took is of a Yemeni girl named Nujood Ali. In a rare turn of events, Ali managed to get a divorce at age 10.

“A couple months after she was married, she went to the court and found a lawyer – a woman named Shada Nasser and asked her to help her get a divorce, and she was granted [it],” Sinclair says. “It's definitely rare and Nujood became kind of an international symbol of child marriage, because she was able to do this. And I think she's inspired a lot of other girls and other organizations to support these girls, to have a stronger voice.”

Leyualem, 14, is wisked away on a mule by her new groom and groomsmen in Ethiopia.

Leyualem, 14, is wisked away on a mule by her new groom and groomsmen in Ethiopia.

Sinclair has documented the practice outside of the Muslim world. In a Christian community in Ethiopia, she captured the image of a 14 year-old girl named Leyualem in a scene that looks like an abduction. Leyualem was whisked away on a mule with a sheet covering up her face. Sinclair asked the groomsmen why they covered her up; they said it was so she would not be able to find her way back home, if she wanted to escape the marriage.

Kaushal,10, and Rajni, 5, participate in the marriage ceremony in Northern India.

Kaushal ,10, and Rajni, 5, participate in the marriage ceremony in Northern India.

Sinclair travelled to India and Nepal, and photographed child marriages among some Hindus.

A five-year-old Hindu girl named Rajni was married under cover of night: “Literally at four o'clock in the morning. And her two older sisters were married to two other boys,” Sinclair says. “Often you see these group marriages because the girl and the families can't afford to have three weddings.” In the five-year-old girl’s case, Rajni will continue to live with her own family for several years.

Rajni, 5, was woken up around 4 am to participate in the wedding ceremony in India.

Rajni, 5, was woken up around 4 am to participate in the wedding ceremony. Here, she is carried by her uncle to her wedding in India.

Girls aren’t always the only ones forced into marriage. Sinclair wanted to photograph child marries in India and Nepal, because sometimes the boys entering a marriage are also young. “And often they're victims just as much of this harmful traditional practice,” she says.

Sinclair told Amanpour that she hopes her photographs would not only highlight the problems to westerners, but also show people in the areas where this takes place that  if the girls continue to be taken out of the population to forcibly work at home, that their communities suffer as a whole.

“It's a harmful traditional practice that is slowly changing. We just want to have it change even faster.”

CNN’s Meredith Milstein produced this piece for television.

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  1. Vicky

    This is terrible and a child abuse.the man should be sued.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:23 am | Reply
    • Presto88

      He should be jailed. I have a daughter who is 9...this sickens me.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • Cherie

        And when your daughter has had multiple s#xual partners by the time she is 15, you won't be sickened?

        August 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
      • jp you are saying that marrying a little girl off to a middle aged man is more acceptable because she "won't have multiple partners"? You are disgusting.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • JJBMIAMI


        August 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
      • Miss Trixie

        @Cherie–What an idiotic response. I don't even know what that means but it sure sounds like you are just fine with child rape. Loser.

        August 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • Lori

        You are so right! It is sickening! These pathetic "men" who need to marry these little babies speaks volumes of just how masculine they are NOT! They must not be able to have a healthy relationship with someone their own age since they marry these little babies.

        August 6, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
      • genia

        Did you take a look at that creepy nasty looking man? That poor child. She has dreams and this so called man will crush all of them. The days of a male dominated society is dwendling down. there are far more women than men, and i do not understand why they don't see the power in numbers. i would love to see this girl join some of the women in Afghanistan that are being taught self defense.

        August 7, 2012 at 1:43 am |
      • MaudKip,

        You are also overly Westernized, jailing him would do nothing.

        August 7, 2012 at 2:07 am |
      • theadventuresofgigi

        its only illegal when the laws of the land protect children.....if the families are this ignorant why doesnt the governing bodies of these countries act to protect the innocent heart is breaking for the innocent little girls that have to go thru the torture of rape sanctioned by the very people who brought them into this can only be described as evil ....not a practice of a culture.....

        August 17, 2012 at 7:39 am |
      • Stefania

        @cherie what an idiotice statement made by you. The big difference between both situations is CONSENT. Yes children will experiment and do things without thinking but you CANNOT compare two curious children with a man RAPING an 11 year old. You make me sick and its bevause of low lives like you that this world will never change.

        September 27, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
      • junior

        ya it looks you all dont approve it but yall damb sure like lookin an talkin bout things like that the bad ones r the ones that push to the news and the ones that stupid enough to why they do it

        December 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
      • Ron

        @junior Wow! I am not sure what you are trying to say. Have you ever taken a spelling test?

        January 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm |
      • a b

        is she available?

        January 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
      • Rudolf vs

        We must remember this is Afghanistan,
        In addition; this also went on as late as the early 1900s in our own country.
        But, this "40" years old man looks far more than 40 years old, I would say 70.

        January 9, 2013 at 10:27 am |
      • not all muslims are like this

        i agree that this isnt rite, its horrendous. i am 17 and i cant imagine being forced to marry someone more than 20 yrs my senior. but you have to understand the culutre and the times they are living in. it isnt as easy as u think it is to just up and change the culture. they have to work at it. government cant do anything because they rnt going to enforce the laws. they have to start enforcing them. again this will take time. its not going to happen over nite. in india, the law has raised the age to 18, but girls AND boys are being married at very young ages.

        January 15, 2013 at 11:29 am |
      • Name*Patricia

        It's amazing of men in that country get the chance to live their childhood but yet strip a young girls of theirs to think to make Ana's women at that at their age. Stripping them from everything from their innocence and their childhood and no chance of having a huge and great chance of a life of Their Own... It's disgraceful and every level of damn and hamster f****** their youngs... I have no clue what right they have power over a young child to make their own life and what's sad to say as their parents willing to strip what's left of their children's life being raped constantly to a man they don't even know and not being let know that they are going to get married at a very young age it should be a law in every country not to do that I wish there was a way that I can make a change for everyone in her life especially young innocent girls

        August 3, 2017 at 2:17 am |

        i am glad i am a born-again christian and i am saved by Jesus, the greatest thing that could ever happen to any human being is being saved by Jesus Christ. He will protect you from harm.

        July 31, 2018 at 8:44 pm |
    • Nabun

      On what grounds? The world is not the United States, you do understand that don't you. Its unfortunate because its culturally ingrained, very different from pedophilia, since they engage in a marriage that was probably normal to European cultures centuries ago. The answer is education, which unfortunately these people do not have access to.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • Bella

        Why do you assume that every person commenting is from America? What do you people always have to bring America into the conversation? You need to get an education, I'm sorry one has not been provided to you... and you love your country and religion so much huh? Get of your high horses, and leave the USA alone already.

        August 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
      • Liberatus

        On the grounds that this is a way for men to control women, as if they have no life of their own. Just because it is tradition doesn't make it right. This is disgusting. These are children who never have a say in their own future.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
      • cindy

        No, it is NOT normal for a grown man to force his organ into a 6, 9 or 11-year-old little girl, which is RAPE.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
      • Liberatus

        I'm so sick of people who abuse women and young girls using "tradition" as an excuse. This is disgusting.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
      • Ef

        With or without education, this is wrong! Not having any kind of education isn't an excuse!

        August 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • lizzie

        I do have an education, and I agree with one statement that you said about always bringing the US in to this, however this issue also happens in the US. I am a Psychologist trained in both Domestic violence and child abuse and you would be surprised at how many of these cultural practices are linked to Honor Killings.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
      • Jose

        Unfortunately, this revolting practice is religiously ingrained in the Muslim community where the practice is most widespread. Don't forget that Mohammed, the Muslim "prophet", who is regarded by Muslims as the perfect example for mankind, married a girl when she was just 6, and consummated that marriage when she was just 9. Mohammed was in his 50s. This disgusting practice won't soon fade in the world.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
      • samnet45

        No excuses!! Bullet to the head.

        August 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
      • ZZZZ

        You are correct that this was a common practice in many cultures (and religions) centuries ago! I might point out that the average life expectancy was less than half of what it is today. I might also point out that currently (2012 A.D.) the vast majority of these arranged child marriages happen in Muslim countries under the guise of tradition and conservative religious beliefs.

        August 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
      • viaquest

        how about on the grounds that any 40 yo. that would want to / be willing to , marry an 11yo. in demented, sick, inept,uneducated, abusive, controling, and just plain disgusting, If this were not the case than they would be able to find a suitable adult wife

        August 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
      • GM53

        I don't know how many centuries back in Europe you're talking about, but I've researched my family history back to 1525 and haven't seen any signs of that. That's 500 years, by the way. Regardless, apparently Europe and much of the world has evolved, but not the places mentioned in this article

        August 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
      • mark

        So that makes it acceptable? I don't care WHERE you're from, if you find that type of behavior normal or even acceptable, you and your so called 'culture' are a disease, a common threat to all civilized society and should be wiped off the face of the planet.

        August 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
      • Lance

        Its sick. United States or not the US. I does not matter. A four year old girl being married to a grown man. Even 11 years old to a grown man is sick. Its child porn. Dont care if its been part of the culture for a million years.

        Poor kids. God bless them. We will pray for them in the US.

        August 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
      • john

        Cherie had a 100 partners by the time she was 15.

        August 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
      • Jmacq1

        While I'm sure child marriage was not unheard of in ancient European societies, in general European societies at least waited until the girls reached puberty. Admittedly, this often meant they were 13, 14, 15 instead of 9, 10, 11, but the primary point was that the girl was capable of childbearing.

        in the horrific cases being shown above, it's about lack of education and poverty. A family that can't afford to keep themselves fed will happily marry off a daughter or two so that someone else becomes responsible for them.

        August 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
      • Lisa

        Is it culturally ingrained not to ask questions? A large, older man penetrating a young girl? She has no breasts, probably hasn't even begun her period yet and no one questions this?

        August 7, 2012 at 12:09 am |
      • I2o77eN

        In regards to this isn't America. You contemplate the terror that is being inflicted on this child with people she/he's looking up too. If you can even find an argument as to why this is race related or any excuse to why this is acceptable you shouldn't be breathing. I'm from the USA but I am un-American with the ways of power and the selling out of its people to communism...

        August 7, 2012 at 1:46 am |
      • peace in the world

        i my self am a muslim and im sad to see this thing but why do you people hate muslims you people abuse us hate us and think that every muslim is a terrorist speacily pakistanis and afghanis and then you start drinking vine in an islamic state U.A.E

        August 7, 2012 at 9:43 am |
      • towriteishuman

        I keep seeing the excuse of "culture" as if every single tiny girl crying or running away doesn't say something about how terrific this "cultutre" is. I keep seeing "girls are expensive and a burden" but how are you expecting girls, women to be viable when they are yanked from school at 6 to "marry" (become a slave to) some unknown man? Of course they are burdens! They have no right to make anything of themselves! I'm so tired of the excuses we are taught to offer up to men in every country for their disgusting actions. "Parents" consist of an 18 year old girl and a geriatric man, who went through the exact same thing 7 years before.

        August 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
      • story

        yes, but that was history when there was a need to birth as many babies because of war and because of the notion that boys where better than girls. there is no more need for this. there is 7,032,100,000 people on this planet and it continues to grow and by 2025 they are expecting this to rise to 8,004,000,000 billion. and that is not counting the people they couldn't count like the homeless and others, so there is know need for arranged marriages, and just so you know in the ancient European societies, they where betrothed at young ages but married when they where older these girls never get the chance to be kids in a world that should allow that. and that they do not allow that is vary cruel. and unjust. and quite frankly vary harmfull to the girls. i wonder how many die dayly from pregnancy and abuse

        August 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
      • Madhavi

        Raping children is a matter of humanity & is unforgivable no matter where it is happening in the world. Understanding culture?!–I think you MISUNDERSTAND child rape! Ask these baby girls about "culture" and "understanding" and maybe then you will be educated.

        August 12, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
      • Karlos

        Uh, dude, Warren Jeffs is in jail for the rest of his life. We DO prosecute this kind of thing in North America.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
      • JUSTICE

        I believe that all places on this Earth should have 3 universal laws No murderd, NO Rape, and NO theift. If she is not old enough to bleed that person is to be tried to the highest degree of Rape.

        October 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
      • Casanova

        Many of you believe this is sickening because we were raised taught different in our evolved countries. I believe this is bad too but think about it... What about all the other 3rd world countries that dont have access to the outside media? What about a kid who was raised to hate?? people are raised and think its OK to do this. So stop it with OFF with their head and BS like that. Do you know how many countries hate US because be try to implement our beliefs. These people are SICK yes but WHO ARE WE??

        January 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
      • ebmar11

        leave the precious children alone. why don't you stick yours into donkeys ass, instead. huh.

        January 9, 2013 at 3:58 am |
      • Rudolf vs

        We must understand that many of those offering comments on this matter are just plain ignorant.
        They do not know to marry off a 9 or 11 years- old girl was common praxis here in our own country for just a 100 years ago.

        January 9, 2013 at 10:39 am |
      • Vladmir

        This also happens in the United States. Look at the Mormon polygamists in the past and today.

        January 9, 2013 at 11:24 am |
      • Dint

        Hey, Vladmir, polygamy has nothing to do with marrying children, nor do mormons practice polygamy.

        Try opening a book, idiot.

        October 1, 2014 at 1:41 pm |
    • Bill Clinton

      I agree with you 1000%. These Muslims MUST be put in jail for their crimes!!!!

      August 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
      • !

        Don't generalize what happens in poor countries and countries without education have nothing to do with Islam not everyone that prays means he is a true Muslim.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • isabellaaa23

        Are you a retard? Did you not listen to Amanpour?

        This is JUST as prevalent in Hindus in India and Sri Lanka and even amongst Christians in those countries! It has more to do with customs and culture than anything else.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • Arnold Fom Tanzania

        Yes Mr. President. These kind of people must be panished and imprisoned. It is against God will to marry 4,5,6,7,8,9 or 17 years young girls because of thier religion and cultures. If religion or culture is the cause therefore that wasn't really true one may be is evil one.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
      • jp

        @isabellaaa23...Your use of the word "retard" cancels out any kind of validity that your post might have had.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
      • jackstraw1

        Can you read? Or did your lips get tired?

        August 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
      • Osama

        @Bill clinton: I dont care whether u r Abraham lincoln. For your information Islam and Muslim will be protected by almighty god.

        August 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
      • Nada

        It has nothing to do with being Muslims please stop puuting everything onto muslims it's a matter of poverty and culture and traditions and ignorance!!!!

        August 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
      • DebAH

        Just the MUSLIMS? What about the Christians and Hindus noted in the article or didn't you read the whole article?

        August 6, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
      • Hilary

        You tell 'em!

        August 6, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
      • canadaian point of view

        and what about the people right here in North America? Warren Jeffs ! We have allowed it to go on for years..

        People in glass houses should not start throwing rocks, Let's clean up our own backyard first!

        August 7, 2012 at 1:21 am |
      • Karlos

        @ Canadian point of view – Uh, dude, Warren Jeffs is in jail for the rest of his life. We DO prosecute this kind of thing in North America.

        October 24, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • rebecca

      You know it's not the United States where you can go up and sue a man right? It's in the third world countries where culture and tradition still stands. So if you read the article you will understand the whole point about it.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • mylife55

      Sued?? He lives in a freakin Hut!! LOL!

      August 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Nevan

      Sued? Typical American solution. This is a terrible practice but I think the lawyers can stay out of it. These people are animals and no amount of American justice will stop them

      August 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      • Q

        Education will stop all this barbarian practices! It should not be acceptable to anyone. Basically these man are "buying" these very young girls to marry them. They pay their parents goods. Having a girls in those places is a hug burden. UN and all international organization dealing with children should go after these practices. Totally not acceptable!

        Education, laws and law enforcement should do it ... but takes time.

        August 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
      • Melia

        They are "animals?" – typical human response... Animals do not treat each other with such disrespect.

        August 7, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
      • alex

        your answer is not befitting of a human, although they have a disgusting culture they are still human

        January 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
      • Deliah

        Barbaric and cruel,if that is culture spare me. I wud not marry that stone age man ,POOR BABY,

        January 27, 2013 at 10:45 am |
      • TexanFalcon

        Mr. Deliah,
        Are you saying 1.5 billion Muslims are barbarians? S hame on you.

        January 27, 2013 at 4:09 pm |
    • MissfitzX69

      you are dumb!

      August 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • CNN Legal Dept

      OK, you go ahead and get your lawyer on that, genius.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • zamdrist

      Sued? How about SHOT.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
      • Jhoanna

        I think that who ever said SHOOT THIS FREAK is right!

        April 22, 2014 at 12:06 am |
    • Brent

      sued? sued for what? 3 goats and a mule? he needs to be shot!! I think the little girl would feel much better if he were dead!!

      August 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
      • Mace uk

        My thoughts exactly sued for what a donkey?

        This is disgusting how can this happen in this day and age its disgusting what a vile practice.

        August 10, 2012 at 4:17 am |
    • Dliodoir

      Sued by who exactly? Her family probably support the marriage. She lives in a country where this is common. This isn't a legal problem, it's a cultural problem. The culture needs to change for this practice to change. The culture won't change until they properly value women and girls generally and the notion of individual liberty. It took our culture hundreds of years to get where we are now. It will take time for Afghani culture to change as well. . .maybe not hundreds of years. . .but the change will take a couple of generations at least. In the mean time. . .enforce what laws they have and try to educate as much as possible.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
      • Mr Grudz

        Thank you for your interjection of common sense and reason here. My fellow Americans are pretty narrow minded themselves. Romney 2012

        August 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
      • RoadRunner

        I had to read through pages of ignorant, mindless, knee-jerk garbage, much of it no doubt written by teabag right-wing trouble makers, before I got to this one sane and rational response. You must not be from the U.S., but if you are you would be a "lone wolf," for certain. Thank you for a breath of fresh air, and commen sense.

        August 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • rob

      I am assuming your post was in jest? This is rural Afghanistan, tribal areas. There is no court, you have an issue with someone you either have elders deal with it, unless it is against your honour then you kill the other person. No filing papers etc
      But yours must have been in jest, only sometimes it is hard to tell here

      August 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • HeyZeus

      It is 'child abuse' only in the US. Remember that you are not talking about US laws, instead you are speaking of local traditions of those nations. While I do find it repulsive, atleast try to not look uneducated by believing that our terms can be applied to their people

      August 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • wert

      Should be sued? For what exactly? You are aware this went on in American cultures up to and past the 1900s. So ya know use the old brain.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
      • Nonnie

        Just for the record, the State of New Hampshire in the US allows girls to be "married" at the age of 13. We have a lot to fix in our own country. I am definitely opposed to child marriages in any country – but we need to clean up our own back yard first. We also have a high rate of pregnancies in young, unwed girls – other countries think we are horrible because this is allowed here. For all the people who have such strong opinions and think these child marriages should be stopped – I challenge you to become active in making it happen. Support the efforts either by volunteering to help or offering financial support. We often judge another person's actions yet do nothing to stop them. . . is it because it is the easier road to travel?

        October 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • venicementor

      Where do you think this is Vicky, the USA

      August 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
    • nikki

      I don't think he can be sued over there, but I agree. This is disgusting, and really unfair to the CHILD.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Brehan

      What can we do to guide these helpless girls?? For we send more lawyers to them?
      Please provide an action step. I do not want this to get swept under the "news" rug.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Jan

      Sue??? Change the laws! To sue only puts money in the attorney's pockets!

      August 6, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • Miss Trixie

      Those men are nothing but perverts and pedophiles. I hope they rot.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
      • Mace uk

        I agree nothing but vile monsters there only baby's what the hell are they thinking dirty pedos nothing more.

        I don't care if its their culture its a disgusting practice and one that should be outlawed if that what's its going to take to end this vile practice.

        August 10, 2012 at 4:21 am |
    • Jooel

      Sued? You mean jailed??
      I can't imagine what these poor little girls have to go through with men like these. Its unfortunate that this is still happening. I hope that this can change for the good and best of all the young girls whom are forced to do these things.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • don

      bieber would not aprove

      August 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
    • Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

      "Sued?" WRONG VERB

      August 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      He who? Are one of those people who don't read the whole article? And sue? You dummy! You should be married off for how dumb you are!

      August 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
      • DJ

        Josh, I'm not trying to be mean here, but your comment smacks of ignorance. The structure of the sentences and the word choices show you to be kind of a dolt. Which is totally fine (and tragically common) here EXCEPT when you're calling someone an i d i o t.

        August 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • MomentsOfReflection

      The moment i read the article, i knew that i would inevitably see westerners who would criticize Islam because of their misinterpretation of the Prophet's marriage with Ayesha. Let me mention some facts. All i request is for a patient ear.

      a) If one were to look at the history, one would be surprised to see that in many ancient cultures women were married at a age that is considered very early by today's standards. Infact in these societies, these early marriages was the norm, not the exception. The reasons for the early age of marriage were many – Lower life expectancy, early puberty, socio-cultural factors etc. A quick search on the internet will confirm what i have just said.E.g: The legal age of consent for women in England during the 13th century was 12. Don't believe me ?, pls look it up. In 1863, the legal of age under French Napoleonic was increased to 13.

      When criticizing prophet Muhammad's marriage, one has to to keep in mind that we are trying to apply 20th century standards to those of the 6th century. Any rational human being will agree that customs, traditions and social norms were significantly different 1400 years ago.

      b) Before the prophet married Ayesha, SHE WAS ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED TO a MAN named – Jubair bin Mutim. He was in his late thirties, early forties. Ayesha's father – Abu Bakr was the second person to accept Islam and hence this created a rift between the families of Ayesha and Jubair and the marriage was called off. Marriage was one of the most frequently used means to cement ties among tribal Arabs. Hence it was very normal for Abu Bakr to arrange the marriage of his daughter with Prophet Muhammad. Let me cite a modern day example, Hindus in India considered it absolutely normal for uncles to marry their nieces. Many of you will agree that they find this practice, to put it nicely – out of the ordinary.

      C) During the initial days of Islam, Prophet Muhammad was accused by the Arab non Muslims of being many things – chiefly among them – Sorcerer, Poet, Cheat etc. But even during these initial days , the prophet WAS NEVER EVER accused of being someone who exploited women – young or old. This very fact that even his enemies didn't find anything out of the ordinary in his marriage to Ayesha, is enough to prove that the marriage was considered ok.

      d) By all recorded accounts, Ayesha lived a very happy life and never ever had to say anything negative about the prophet. She never ever displayed any "clinical symptoms" of some one who was supposedly exploited. To the end of her days, she had nothing but admiration, respect and love for her husband.

      e) When evaluating a man's life, one has to keep a holistic perspective. We are talking about a man who could have lived a life great material luxury. This was a man who was called as "Al Amin" – the most trusted one, even by his enemies, for being honest and trustworthy in transactions. The tribal Arabs offered him money power,women, everything, only if he were to stop preaching Islam. In all his actions, one can see examples of his honesty, humanity and strength of character. Such a person could never have done something wrong.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
      • Mommyof3

        It is the year 2012- this is CHILD RAPE!!! Sick is Sick!!!

        August 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
      • WELL SAID

        Excellent explanation....unfortunately you are speaking to Americans, the most hypocritical people known to man. Additionally, the most uneducated amongst all first world nations and finally non-followers of their own religion that requires tolerance.

        August 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
      • DestroyEverything

        Out of your post, I only see you attempting to justify something that is clearly wrong. A grown man having intercourse with a 9 year old is just wrong, both physically and morally. A culture of deviant behavior backed by religion and regarded as acceptable does not make this behavior correct or "honorable". You're a fool to think so. I think any and all religion or cultures that currently support these types of practices need to be destroyed. Of what worth is the future if we teach our daughters that theirs is just a matter of marital convenience and cultural bias? Your justification sickens me.

        August 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
      • Christine

        You have found a patient ear. I have an opened mind when it comes to religion, I'm catholic and read this story then read your reply. I find it heart renchning to find young girls being married off at such a young age I have a 12 year old girl and would not like to see anything happen to her. Customs and traditions play a big apart of who we are, everyone has customs & traditions some good and some bad, that's life. We all have choices to make for some it's out of their control, like this saying "children are seen not heard".

        August 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
      • AngieS

        This may have been true and normal 1400 years ago...but this is not 1400 years ago and many are using this story as a means to continue an abominable practice of emotional and physical abuse designed to do nothing but control girls and women and keep them from ever realizing their true potential. I am very open minded and tolerant but just because something was once considered to be normal and acceptable doesn't mean that it continues to be so. One day the girls and women of these cultures are going to wake up and realize that they are done being treated this way and woe betide any man who stands in their path! I will celebrate that day...

        August 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
      • dpcfoh

        For those of you criticizing MomentsOfReflection, I think you're missing their point. They are not in any way defending the practice, the point is to show how what the Prophet Muhammad did 1400 years ago was acceptable then, they are not saying it should acceptable now. In 1400 years from now I'm sure historians will look back at some of our current norms and wonder how we could have been so barbaric and primitive. Yes, it's wrong in the 21st century, I think we all agree about that.

        August 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
      • devin

        f) He was a pedophile.

        August 6, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
      • hawkeyescoop

        So you are saying you dirt bags need to get out of the 6th century

        August 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
      • scougal124

        You say: "Such a person could never have done something wrong". Disagree. 'All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God'. Including Mohammed. It takes the coming of God himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, to deal with our evil, forgive our cultural wrongs, blind-spots, and lame excuses for wrongdoing. It takes his cross, and grace, and the gift of God's Spirit, to re-shape and renew genuine nobility to wrecked humanity. Islam needs to learn this.

        August 7, 2012 at 1:09 am |
      • Ruby

        Thank you, this is good information about how things were long ago. People, westerners I mean, really do need to learn enough respect not to slander another religions prophet.
        However, mid easterners need to learn and understand, that what was done long ago is not the model for what is done now. If it were, how could be justify these computers, or even knowing how to read and write unless we are aristocrates? No person could drive a car, and all those Muslims with guns... shame, shame. The Prophet had no rifle.

        August 7, 2012 at 1:22 am |
      • Ayeisha

        Thanks for this share. I was actually wanting to know more about the prophets acts. Am not a muslim but intend to learn about the history of Islam.

        August 7, 2012 at 7:05 am |
      • Cristián

        You can say everything you want, but a 50 years old man who marries a 6 years old girl is a pedophile, now and 500 years ago, in North America, South America, Europe or Asia. The difference is that now we are aware of it.

        August 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
      • BRian

        any one can "look up" or explain the rituals of a society and make arguments for what they think is right but in the end after all of it is said, forcing a little girl into having intercorse at an extremely young age is SICK and COMPLETELY WRONG. no excuse can make up for a childs fear and pain during such an abomination. these men need to be punished for what they are doing and no one can say otherwise

        September 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • B

        A very good post. We all get shocked by the idea of marriage at such a young age but we forget that things were very different in practically all cultures in days gone by. It is only in the last century that things have changed for women and girls in the west, slavery had, I think, only been abolished a century earlier. Women's movements agitated for the right to vote etc. Things only changed when women decided to stand up for themselves and fight for what was their right. This they achieved with the help, I might add, of many enlightened men. The situation was ripe for change, the social conditions were right, at the time, and women seized their opportunity. People were becoming more educated and by education i don't only mean the academic kind, a far more important kind of education is the development of an open mind an inquiring mind.
        Many of the cultures that practice early marriage, FGM etc have deep ingrained cultural and religious beliefs that exert total control over women and girls. So long as the mindset that women and girls are viewed as the ones responsible for the honor of a community things will never change. Apart from economics of a family playing a part, girls are often married off very young in order to get them settled so that they don't stray and bring disgrace on their family or community. These are strict patriarchal societies and these long standing traditions basically stem from the desire to control female fertility and land.
        Lets home enlightened men within these societies will come forward and support their women for change that will ultimately benefit everyone.

        October 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
      • kevin

        MomentOfRelection, Thank you for your post. I am from the USA and have been learning all about Islam. You your very right about Westners, a lot of people in the US think that Muslums are all bad because of what happened on 9/11/2001, and I think that none of them want to learn anything about Islam. But I do wish the child marriage's would stop, hopefully in time it will. Child marriage's have gone on in the US even in the 1950's and they were even music singing star's Jerry Lee Lewis, (12 yrs old cus.) and Lorrdia Lynn. (a 29 yrs old guy when she was 12-13 yrs old)

        December 7, 2012 at 2:33 am |
      • Shhh

        Just because child rape was practiced in other cultures does not mean it is fine.
        Who the hell do you think you are to say it is okay to exploit children, you make me sick.
        To sin, and that too in God's name, you make me sick. I don't care what age gender or race you belong to, I could spit in your face. These girls are young, they are being HURT, and you think that is fine?!
        I hope you rot in hell.

        January 12, 2013 at 11:49 am |
      • HistoryBuff

        Actually, the myth that in European countries in the medieval period women commonly married at 12 is untrue.

        While there are some recorded child brides in almost all countries throughout history, this was not the common practice. Mainly this happened between royalty or nobility. Often, the two children (usually it was two children married to each other, not a 5 year old girl to a 40 year old man) were kept with their own families, or separate in the same dwelling, until they were both deemed old enough to consummate. Sometimes this was rather young for us today – mid teens or so. However, more often the children were expected to wait until they were at least in their late teens.

        Among the common people, this was generally NOT done. In fact, the median age through the late Medieval period for marriage was 26. A far cry from 12. And while everyone assumes that kids were running around getting married at 11 because they were desperate to have a brood of children before they dropped dead at age 32, this was simply not true. Either part.

        You cannot ever use this as an excuse for fully grown men in modern society to take advantage of children. There were very, very few societies who considered marrying a 5-year-old to a grown man acceptable. Even, may I point out, in societies were religious rituals required violent child sacrifice, that practice would not have been look up favorably.

        The practice is morally reprehensible, tradition or no, and it has been proven over and over to be severely damaging to the health, welfare and mental condition of these child brides.

        January 25, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
      • kevan1963

        You mention culture and tradition but fail to mention back then women had no voice .
        Should any woman speak in a way that could bring shame to the family name there would have been serious consequences.

        January 18, 2017 at 6:21 am |
    • Josh

      Wow, realy? what school did you not go to. Where to do you think this is happening America? They have no legal system worth its while in those country, the ones ruling these countries are probably guilty of the same attrocity.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • Farouk Obama

      I dont see the problem. Marry young and marry often! Obama has it right with his two child brides and that tall nanny.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
      • Shhh

        I hope you die a painful death.

        January 12, 2013 at 11:51 am |
    • Mommyof3

      What is so sad is that these people do this because of poverty.
      How about Oprah sticks her money where her self righteous butt
      is and PAY the families to NOT wed thier daughters! Who need 5 mansions
      and over a BILLION dollars!!??!!

      August 6, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
      • Bliss

        What does Oprah have to do with this? She was not meant to solve all world problems and restore world order. I think she has done way more than these other wealthy individuals, and I'm sure several things we don't know about. Call out Trump, call out Gates. How about we just email Oprah and tell her she sucks for being successful. Hey Oprah do everything for free... Give us your bank account number so u can be poor and everyone will be satisfied. Anyway back to the problem at hand... I think these practices are horrible and a lack of education as stated earlier is the main problem. Tradition, religion, whatever the case change is in order. I don't care what was done in the 14th century. If we stuck to traditions and history there would still be slavery and public hangings.

        August 6, 2012 at 11:00 pm |

        "Call out Gates"?! You mean Bill Gates? Of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? The one that, since 1994, has spent nearly $20-billion on Global health and development? Hey, why don't you call out Buffet, too?

        I just wish there was a foundation to save me from fools.

        October 31, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Pee Wee Morris

      Sue? Are you kidding? This type of behavior is embedded in their culture. They behave like animals because they have been taught to behave like an animal. I seriously doubt "suing" someone with a hut and a bunch of goats will solve the problem.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
    • Andy

      I agree 100%. What's even more unbelievable is that he is 40! He looks like 80. YUK...

      August 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
      • Dean

        Right on. I was thinking the same thing. Yes, what is happening is a travesty. But that guy is only 40!!!! Wow.

        August 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Steve Waddell

      Poor little white girl. Why does god allow this? Jesus loves the little children? Somebody save her.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • janna white

      vicky, just what planet do u live on? what do u mean 'he should be sued' do u know anything about afghanistan? the place is lawless and things like civil law do not exist. these people are barbaric, 3rd world underdeveloped brain dead pieces of skin who believe it is their right to marry prepubescent girls. barbaric,

      August 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
      • Canada

        Yeaaa, I think she gets it now.

        August 7, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • evan

      the worst part about this is since these girls voiced their true feelings they are probably going to get sloughtered... All cause cnn had to exploit these poor girls lives... i hope the girls dont get beaten or worse

      August 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
      • Rosa, b'ham al

        They are probably already getting beaten or worse.

        August 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • DrEH

      wrong, he should be stoned

      August 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • phearis

      @Vicky – He should be sued?? *sigh* Vicky sweetie .... Next time you have a thought, just let it go.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
    • dave in Ohio

      Lawsuits won't work.

      This reminds me of how the British ended "suttee" (suttee happened when a husband died, and the widow was thrown onto the funeral pyre with him) in India when they took over. When a British Colonel was told how this tradition worked, he calmly told the Indians to go ahead, have the funeral and burn the widow too, but then he would exercise an old British tradition, that of hanging until death any man who throws any woman into a fire. Widows started to live long after dead husbands after that.

      August 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
      • amandaasbury

        Nice. I like that one. Very, very well said. This is the very reason in the US we have a separation between church and state. No religion should force you to do anything that you don't want to do. No religion suppress your civil liberties.What good does having a religion do if you do not give into it of your own freewill, or are not of sound mind? Where is the miracle in that. All of the religious sects talked about in the article do not and have never put an emphasis on equality. I see no love and compassion in anything when you make someone do something that they didn't want to do.

        August 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Timbo

      Sued? They should be shot!

      August 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
    • DM

      Sued?, jailed, only because we can't get rid of them permanently.

      Everyone babbling on about "over there" had best remember one in four females in the USA WILL be a victim.

      Stones, glass houses, you know.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • vincent

      As a father of a 15 year old daughter and as a psychologist I hurt inside to see how these children are forced in such sad and abusive predicaments. But I am blown away to read that the man should be sued. Are you serious?

      August 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
      • Anu

        What do you mean – should be sued? You mean he should face a bigger penalty or he should face none?

        January 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
    • Asiz Mohamoud

      Those man should be sued? ... No my friend, they should be hanged from the highest pole in town.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
      • Thank you

        Totally agree!

        August 6, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • fred37ify

      And this is the religion Barrack practices !

      August 6, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
      • joe

        There were four different religions mentioned in the article. Which one are you accusing the president of participating in this time?

        August 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
      • Clarissa

        It is the culture....not the religion...that dictates these practices & traditions.

        January 8, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
    • Rightshoe718

      Sue him? For what, his goat?

      Shoot him in the balls.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
      • Ruby

        How sue? He has broken no law. However, it all sounds dishonorable so feed him to the hogs and call it an honor killing.

        August 7, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • BK

      I have a few more appropriate punishments in mind for him, and none of them involve him being able to reproduce in the future.

      August 6, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • jack

      Sued? What are you high? This is Afghanistan, not New York City! And if anything, he should be arrested on the spot along with the girl's family for allowing this sick BS to go ahead.

      August 6, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply
    • Debbie

      Instead of jailing these men, let's treat them to the same that they inflict on young girls, with one exception.......make them sleep with 90 year old women against their will. That might fix some of the problems. Let them see how that feels.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
      • Anu

        lol to the 90 year old woman – but to make it equal – take his 5 year old and sell him to an older man – let him be raped, possibly beaten and when he tries in his uttermost desperation to escape to see his father, as a punishment his husband will stab him. Call the police, tell the little raped, beaten and stabbed boy that his husband is perfectly within his right to do these things to him and that the boy must endure until he dies – for death will be the next moment when he will finally no longer be his husbands property. That is the equal situation for girl and boy.

        January 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
    • bLADE1975

      Sorry KID. But your stupid.

      Just stupid. That is not America. They don't sue or throw pedophiles in jail. The REAL Muslim world is full of child rape and murder.

      Maybe learn the world around you....he should be sued...yeah cause MONEY would do something to change a PEDOPHILES mind.

      Just pointless and pathetic...learn your world.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
      • DOnt Be Personel

        Islam has given each and every reason to stop a crime or somthing that could be harmfull to society or humans.
        Just having beard cannot relate someone to a real Muslim. People who does this kind of Action are not Muslims they could be from any religion. Our job as humans are to stop such incidents by finding solution not by pointing a specific religion or tribe.

        August 7, 2012 at 12:38 am |
    • Leo

      good luck

      August 7, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
    • A.B.

      He should be shot hanged by his testicles.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
    • Edwin

      Sued? I had something else in mind.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
    • moka mee

      ok sue me, i have a tent, a mule and 4 goats. i keep the goats around in case my 5 year old wife is taking a nap

      August 7, 2012 at 1:36 am | Reply
      • jag1112


        August 7, 2012 at 1:49 am |
    • vicmvn

      Sued because of what? they have no law against child marriage. oh, wait, they could be sued for stupidity, but still no law....

      August 7, 2012 at 1:36 am | Reply
    • jag1112

      Sued!? There is no justice in the Muslim faith just rape. And degrading women is part of there culture.

      August 7, 2012 at 1:39 am | Reply
    • in honor of women

      I am so thankful to the reporters and journalists of the world to bring LIGHT into the DARK corners of the human soul. This kind of violence to children MUST end. Whatever it will take, it must end. Human frailties are many but this has to be on the low end of all of it. An innocent child raped by a man of 40 yrs in the name of culture and justified as being culturally correct – I am sorry there is no chance that this is correct. This is rape, don't call it by any other name or try to justify this act. I praise all the people of this planet to expose that which is not of the LIGHT.

      August 7, 2012 at 2:00 am | Reply
    • Liam

      The man should be sued? Afghanistan is not America.

      August 7, 2012 at 2:54 am | Reply
    • David

      how can they sue him for something that's perfectly legal where he's from?

      I'm not saying it's right, but they can't sue him lol

      educate yourself

      August 7, 2012 at 3:30 am | Reply
    • Tim

      Sue him?
      What a ridiculous comment,he lives up in the mountains in Afghanistan,it's not a John Grisham film!
      It's their culture and has been for millenia,they're not Western,they're not American,leave them to it!

      August 7, 2012 at 4:22 am | Reply
    • Muhammad

      Allah forgive us for not taking action against this sick crime. These cultist some in Islam and other religions such as the Christian in Ethiopia are totally wrong for molesting these girls. In real Islam, as is the custom in Arab family for centuries females are normally married at age 19.
      There is a falsehood going about the Prophet Muhammad, that he married an underage girl, his youngest wife Aisha was 19 as is the Arab custom first marriage of females in Arab families..
      These cultist use their suicide bombers and assassins to attack real Muslims who stand up for the real Islamic marriage.

      August 7, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
      • Canada

        it's hard to be a moderate Muslim in Afghanistan though, cuz you know, they don't feel like Moderates are good muslims because they don't follow it the way that it should be followed. But the way it should be followed is scoffed at by the western world, so It's then in the best interest when living abroad to be a moderate.

        August 7, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • batty

      this is not a matter of ridicule, a lot of western audience confuse amorality in other cultures with immorality. In rural India or Pakistan, it is still considered a parent's responsibility to marry off his/her daughter as early as they can, and adulthood is determined by the beginning of puberty and not mental or legal age. So they fix engagements when a girl is still a child (sometimes even at birth), and marry her off when she hits or about to hit puberty. It is strongly rooted to poverty (and not much to culture as it is often believed) and more recently to education levels of parents. And things are definitely changing, parents are beginning to understand that a girl's education helps her better than a marriage can. Do your research before making random judgments with impractical moral compasses.

      August 7, 2012 at 6:32 am | Reply
      • Canada

        Then they should follow their religious teaching first : Gain wisdom and Understanding, instead they are ignorant to the development and evolution of man. This definately boils down to education.
        They should have wisdom before they decide what to do with another persons life. (but theres where culture and tradition comes into play) the tradition forfeits the need to have wisdom and they then just do blindly. Kinda like how Catholics practice Christianity. If they read, understood, and took to heart, what it says, they'd see they've chosen tradition over wisdom.

        August 7, 2012 at 11:35 am |
    • irene

      This lack of consciousness has to end. This is abuse and we cannot call it anything else. As midwife I have witnessed many things but taking the virginity of a 6 yr old, 10 yr old, 12 yr old is a violation of human rights and cannot be justified under religion or culture. I honor the reporter, the journalist, the anyone who exposes unjust actions from a human to another human, animal inhumanity etc. WE are becoming transparent , whoooooopeeee. May the TRUTH PREVAIL.

      August 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • Beelzebub

      You misspelled a word. It is spelled s-h-o-t, not s-u-e-d.

      August 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
    • Fadflorence

      It is a cultural and religious issue mixed with ignorance and our point of view.
      How old was Mary when she was pregnant by the holy spirit? Twelve! Still we Christians don't see the scandal.

      August 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Reply
      • elle

        I believe Mother Mary was 14 when she was pregnant with Jesus Christ...

        August 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • sharon

      Really? So given the culture, who's going to sue him? Do you really think that's what's going to stop this practice?

      August 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
    • joanna

      This is sad, sad, sad. And, I believe, this is true - women are not safe in this world at any age.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • Fadi

      the man should be locked up for life .... I can't imagine how the heck is he going to deal with this child ... there is something wrong in the world today.

      August 9, 2012 at 6:37 am | Reply
    • Jude

      This is disgusting! That poor child was married off at 6 years old! She is just a baby! The plight of these children need sto be highlighted more so we can stop these vile weddings from occurring poor babies my heart goes out to these girls.

      August 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Imran

      It's all Lies !! It's his daughter some sad pathetic people out there making Lies up also they say one of the messengers of god done the same when he never !! It's all lies an we know why they hate Islam cos they can't accept the truth boo hoo !! ( PEACE )

      August 15, 2012 at 4:41 am | Reply

      Caretaker licks monkey’s butt for an hour to help it defecate
      Yesterday, Wuhan Zoo Monkey caretaker Zhang Bangsheng unbelievably used his tongue to lick a small monkey’s butt!

      50-year-old Zhang Bangsheng used warm water to clean a small Francois’ Leaf Monkey’s buttocks, then began using his mouth to lick it, not stopping for over an hour, until the little monkey defecated a single peanut. Only after the peanut was defecated did Zhang Bangsheng laugh with satisfaction.

      As it is understood, this small Francois’ langur is only 3 months old, and is the first Francois’ Leaf Monkey to be born in nearly 10 years at this animal park. The Francois’ langur is a rare primate from Guangxi and Guizhou and is amongst the nation’s most protected animals. Because it is so precious, the zoo gave it to model worker and high-level expert Zhang Bangsheng to care for and raise.

      On the first day of the “May 1st” short holiday, Zhang Bangsheng let the small Francois langur enter the monkey exhibit for the first time to meet visitors so it can see more of the world. The next day, Old Zhang discovered that the little monkey had indigestion and difficulty defecating, and immediately became worried. Seeing peanut shells on the ground, Old Zhang immediately understood that visitors had definitely tossed peanuts to the small monkey, and the toothless monkey swallowed the peanut whole. If it does not quickly defecate it, it would endanger the little monkey’s life.

      Because the monkey is too small, it wasn’t suitable to use medicine to let it defecate. The only way was to lick its butt, to prompt it to defecate the peanut, and so the scene at the start of this article occurred.

      September 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply

      My itchy anus story
      Suddenly out of nowwhere my anus started to get itchy a lot.

      At first it felt like something was slightly wriggling or vibrating mostly at night.

      So after reading online, I thought it was pinworms so I bought zentel which contains albendazole and I believe it worked.

      But then my anus started to get really itchy at all times of the day and it felt dry or just plain itchy, it didnt feel like it was due to any worms moving around.

      So day in and day out I would use my bidet to wash the area and scratching the air and pulling at the anus skin from inside but the itchiness would always come back hours later.

      Until this morning, I was using the bidet as usual for the sudden itchiness when suddenly I felt something, it wasnt something sudden it just felt like something happened.

      I look and I see this pus/mucous like secretion which was slightly brown, I sniffed it and it didnt smell like feces.

      But then the itchiness went away seemingly completely, does anyone know what this was and what was causing the itchiness?
      Last edited by Administrator; 02-15-2011 at 09:17 PM.

      September 20, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • Cindi

      LOL...if you allow this, you are only enabling a monster. disguisting old faced monster...Please protect the child...and get over your stupid ways.

      November 10, 2012 at 2:36 am | Reply
    • rs1201


      He should be put in wait...he should be beaten to a pulp and then put in jail for the rest of his life. They should consider castrating him also!

      January 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • Rudolf vs

      Sue him?
      You can sue till you are blkue in your face; this is Afghanistan..

      January 9, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • Ronnie

      .....and we claim to be the intelligent race on this planet....

      What a disgrace!

      January 28, 2013 at 6:30 am | Reply
    • Jack Daniel

      What do you expect from Islam.If their leader at 50 married a girl at 6 all the dolly sheep are going to follow him.

      March 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • ANTHNY


      October 20, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • Jon

      The man should be 'sued'?? Please tell us you are joking here right? This is on another level altogether, it's a worldwide issue.

      March 13, 2015 at 4:58 am | Reply

      IT IS 😊 PEDOPHILE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 9, 2016 at 1:14 am | Reply
    • Dadof2

      The Sad part is, this is what Hillary and Obama want in our country !!!

      November 18, 2016 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • Dadof2

      If Obama has it his way, that is exactly how America will become!!! It goes well beyond sick and WE need to draw the line in the sand and say "This is enough ! "

      November 18, 2016 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • Parris

      It,s just not right.

      April 28, 2018 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  2. Muyiwa Philips

    This bad not good
    pls ask the parents about this

    August 6, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • nikki

      In situations like this, the parents have usually agreed.. dowry has probably been promised to the child's parents. And this guy gets to act out his sick fantasies. Cultural or not, this is not acceptable. A mere few years after birth, her is being robbed of her.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
      • Chick-Fil-A

        Whats the problem? The Biblical definition of marriage is fine when we're talking about excluding gays, but not when including 6 year old girls? Hypocrites.

        August 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
      • pianki

        This is this society culture that has been in practice for thousands of years. America is less than 300 years old. Please take care of your own cage.

        August 8, 2012 at 5:46 am |
  3. Muyiwa Philips

    Pls ask the parents

    August 6, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  4. abeysalau

    Hebe a ritualist he must be sual

    August 6, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
  5. amh

    At least in America he would be considered a child predator and if it were my daughter he would surely be dead. Children should be children and not have to have their innocence ripped from them. She looks sad and scared. What a vile custom.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • cindy

      If you lived in this country, you would be the one selling your daughter. It's their tradition. The parents sell their daughters to these men. Females have no rights and are looked at as property.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
      • viaquest

        very foolish comment Cindy , so your saying that customs are why I love my daughter more than life and would die to protect her from trash like this. I think not! , No matter which country I lived in (I have lived in Saudi Arabia) , which god I worship, how much money I have , or how well im educated I would still think of my daughter or son like a golden blessing and would never even dream of allowing someone to touch her, much less marry her ,untill she chooses so , with whom she chooses. So no if I lived there i would not sell my daughter I know this because when I lived there I didn't

        August 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
      • Fasta O'Hannigan

        Me have two boys two girls – 5 – 13. What can I get on the open market? Costs too much to feed them anyway!

        August 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • Canada

        Then Viaquest, You are a sociological phenomenom, A All loving god like figure, up on a pedastal set apart from education, cultural and religious influence like every other person. yes maam, Nuture vs. Nature has nothing on youuu eh. Now go to Mcdonalds and soak in some more developed aglo-western influence.

        August 7, 2012 at 11:44 am |
  6. Abel

    Ai, wannan cin zarafin ya yi yawa. Don Allah, Mai Girma Sugaba Hamid Tanzai ka sa kafa a takalman yarinyan nan ka tausaya mata.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • levi

      Yabba, Dabba, Do

      August 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
      • 123


        August 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • sharon

      You clearly don't want anyone to know what you think, so why bother to respond?!

      August 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  7. Victor Mukabana


    August 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  8. Yashim Joseph Austin

    Some cases people provide religion's justification for such.Have a former governor and currently a senator who got married to a 13yr old in nigeria.What do you make of that?

    August 6, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • kyomi

      What does the 13 year old girl think of that? I defer to the wishes of the girl

      Novel thought eh?

      August 7, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
  9. Yemisi Elebuibon

    This harmfull practice need to be stopped. Marriage should not be imposed on anyone especially at tender age.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  10. Name*aderayo

    Dis is crazy.....omg where is thy face..smh

    August 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  11. anwer ali

    This is not allowed in Islam and its forbidden and this you will find only in Afghanistan and some parts of Pakistan in the north. This must be stoped and i condemn this.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • GetOffYourHighHorse

      Islam just allows men to rape young boys instead.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
      • pscheuer

        You're thinking of Catholicism.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
      • Religions Are The Root of All Evil ... and money

        No that's what Catholicism is for. But seriously, this isn't a religious "Islam" problem, this is a tradition that is sick and needs to stop. Education is the answer, I agree with that. Why are they getting married off anyway? Is it for money?

        August 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
      • kyomi

        I do not think that is correct but if you are spewing religious hate – the catholic priests are doing something hateful in the eyes of the god of the bible but the church's hierarchy lets their uncleaness remain to ruin their church.

        August 7, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Presto88

      They are doing this in the name of Islam or Allah!! If it is not allowed in Islam, then more Muslims need to speak out and condemn this practice.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
      • Nabun

        Did you not read the article, or are just spewing ignorance and prejudice about islam. If you read the article, you would see that the practice is also carried out in Christian Ethiopia. Read, it makes you sound less ignorant.

        August 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Laila

      Anwar Ali, you might say it's forbidden in Islam but with the example of the Prophet and Aicha there will always be support for it within many of the Islamic community.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
      • Nabun

        Again, read and don't sound ignorant. She clearly states in the article that this has more to do with cultural rituals, as practiced by Christian Ethiopians as well. God we have so many ignorant people in this country.

        August 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • DOES it matter

        why do you people always drag islam 4 what ever that happens in some uncivilixed parts of the world? that shows how ignorant you fols are ...

        August 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • helicohunter

      It isn't allowed in Christianity, either, but Warren Jeffs got away with it for years. Unfortunately, most Christians don't realize that ANYONE can pervert a religion, and lack of education helps these practices to continue. Abusive practices can be a problem for any religious group- not just Muslims. Men trafficking underage girls also come from many religious faiths- and ignore everything they were taught. Some humans will use any excuse to get what they want. It's up to the rest of us to stop them.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • woodysr

      Rumour has it that muhammad himself married a nine year old...and he was even older that this "groom"

      August 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • sb

      We would like to know how old prophet Mohammed's wife Ayesha was when he married her.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  12. esteelopez

    This must stop. This is not culture is wickedness. Why giving birth to them if they can't take care of them.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  13. Awesm han

    Try 2 sav thm
    B8 dnt publish their name and details 2 all ovr d wrld

    August 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  14. Godwin

    this is real wickedness,this practice should stop because this is even worse than rape.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  15. Awesm han

    Even american father raped his own 12 yr old daughter
    B8 hided

    August 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  16. Alabi Sunday

    This is child exploitation and a mean for parents to acquire wealth. Hope the photographs will speak for the innocents victims exposed to life experience at a teen age.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  17. Carol Dove

    Stephanie Sinclair thank you so much for all you do. God bless the children. Christiane bless you for keeping up the pressure by having this in the spot light. As a mother of a ten year old I can't put into words just how upsetting this is. Never give up the fight the kids need you.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  18. Yan

    My advice to the man, have a decency to find a woman your age. This is terrible!

    August 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • lorraine

      Women of age would know better then to go with such a homely old fart like that, thats why these ugly men go after very young girls whom they can control. Its not culture, its power. No decent woman would even think about being with these creeps.

      August 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  19. Dan

    That is a very confused and antiquated culture and we're trying to do business with em. Pretty scary!! I suppose that Amanpour agrees agrees with they since she's so pro-arabic.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • helicohunter

      What a stupid assumption. Amanpour is an excellent reporter and tries to report on how things are- not how we think they should be. If she had blond hair and blue eyes, would you accuse her of being pro-Arab? Don't think so.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  20. debra

    Oh Dear Lord Jesus, please stop adults from marrying babies, especially old-enough-to-be-their-father adults who are the biggest offenders. Adults, i hope you know you'll be held accountable for that because you know what you are doing is so wrong, even if its tradition.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • Nabun

      Unfortunately no one will hold them accountable since its tribal customs.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  21. Steve

    These people should be stopped its all because they follow their wrong prophet Mohamed who married a 6 year old girl at age 54

    August 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  22. Shaheem Tak


    August 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  23. Anon

    Of course when it's Elvis who marries an underage woman, that's ok. But if they are brown it's not ?

    August 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Patricio

      There is a huge difference between been married by force and at the age of 5,6,7 or 12 and getting married to some one you like, and also to know what you are getting into......
      Open your mind....

      August 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
    • MedManuel | 2012-08-06 10:56:20usa

      I did not know that Elvis married a child... it is horrible to do that!

      August 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • PJ

        Priscilla was only 14 when Elvis started talking to her. But she was legally a woman when she married. Marrying off a kid is a very different thing.

        August 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • jaybird

      Elvis met her at 14, but didn't marry her till she was about 20

      August 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  24. ali sulaiman

    Men like this and parents of the child should be prosecuted by international law

    August 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  25. mogtaba

    به امید روزی که چنین اخباری را نشنویم.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  26. Harry Cooper

    This is very, very sad and horrible thing but thankfully it is also very rare thing.. It's wholly done by the very poor and very, very uneducated and desperate rural people. Hence why CNN and Amanpour covered this story that took 9 years to photograph.

    But what is also worrying how Amanpour selectively shows all sides and yet she skews the story manly on to Muslims, one after another and then another and then another and then one story that has nothing to do with child brides but domestic abuse but its done by a Muslim man and so Amanpour can get the "Men Are Kings" quote up on the screen. the short time and caveat that this is done not just by Muslims was laughable. This was shoddy and hack journalism to mask a sinsiter CNN angle.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
    • Zara

      @ Harry Cooper

      I agree with you. Indeed very worrying – My few chain of thoughts were these too. Quite reckless if i may add.
      Somehow its Islam that gets crucified even for cultural matters. Having said this; I am grateful for the awareness Christiane always manages to raise to the regular masses.

      August 7, 2012 at 1:54 am | Reply
  27. Steve

    I'm from that region but I'm catholic and I know about these idiotic people they do this dumb adolescent marriage because of their holy book and their marriage this is true

    August 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Nabun

      You mean like the Christian Ethiopians she mentioned. We can also add Catholic priests, though they cant get married.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
      • Bella

        Here you go again man, you must condone your MUSLIM ways

        August 6, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
      • Ezy

        Why do U seem to be much bothered when someone mentions Islam??? lets face the fact ofcourse this practice is even in christianity but it is more dorminant in the Arabic/Islamic region...the best thing u should is try and speakout for those children!!!

        August 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  28. Mark

    How can people be so evil?

    August 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  29. Patricio

    That is why those countries are so poor and so backward, normally the countries where the rights of women and children are respected tend to be more civilized and prosperous and always thrive.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Nabun

      Because it takes education for people to understand all humans have rights. Dont forget that we really started to learn that lesson here in the US in the 1960's. We still have issues with it.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  30. ligaya

    This is horrible...I hope this photos and videos will find a way to stop this horrible act of child bribe..

    August 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  31. Juan

    This kind of situations are the best proof, that we have to defend our Occidental culture, and defend around the world the EQUAL RIGHTS FOR WOMEN!

    August 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  32. Glenn

    People of the ancient world are so stupid. See your ancestors !

    August 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  33. Jane Faubert

    Absolutely disgusting. As an entire species, we should all be ashamed. The worst part is we know this child will be forced to consummate this other words, raped. I can't imagine a more cruel hell than having to see this rapist everyday, let alone serve him!!

    August 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  34. Tashara Mason

    Some things in this life just go beyond your imagination. Does that even add up? A six year old and a 25 year old? It grieves my heart.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  35. Odeyah89

    This happens in many parts of the world, not just in Muslim communities but even in other cultures and religion. In Southeast Asia where I grew up, my great grandma, married a 30 year old man when she was only 16, and it was an arranged marriage. She had no choice at that time but to follow her parents wishes, it's a cultural thing that is hard to explain. But of course, things have change. arrange marriages are rare now in our country. It is now illegal to marry an underage person, they can sue you for child abuse if you marry a person under 18. Although, there are still places here in Asia who practice arrange marriage and child marriage.

    August 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply

    The habit of marrying child is bad

    August 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  37. Simmer

    Hi, I think that this woman is crazy, she didn't have to go all the way to war torn countries and demonise them. If you look in countries in europe, in some contries even in the west the age of concent is actually quite young.

    This is the problem with American journelism, and why i don't watch CNN, there should be a more balanced view of things, not just publicising things which are mainstream in the west about countries america wants to portray as bad to continue to justify war....

    August 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • Ruby

      Age of consent implies a right to consent, and therein is the difference. These little girls do not consent; they are sold without a thought to their own desires or interests.

      August 7, 2012 at 2:06 am | Reply
    • Estella

      So you think this woman is crazy uh? And tell us, oh great one, what have you done for mankind lately? What have you risked for the good of others? You pathetic little idiot, no one doubts that there is pedophilia elsewhere, but in these countries it is allowed, so it happens more often in the public eye. That's why she chooses to put them as an example, because it is imperative that this practice continues at such a rate. It shouldn't happen at all, but who are we kidding? Pedophilia unfortunately will never end, but if she can do her part in making this world a better place for these girls more power to her!

      August 7, 2012 at 4:04 am | Reply
  38. amal

    i am a muslim egyptian and if this happend in egypt both parents will go to prison

    August 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • Kristine

      Amal: then protect your children because now that the Muslim Brotherhood has taken over and Morsi is President you will see this happening.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  39. dagger

    i read a lot of hatred......adults doing the kids and kids growing up not to trust world..... so who do we kill again?

    August 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  40. maia

    this reminds me if the prophet muhammed and his wife Aisha. He was very old and Aisha was only 6.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • Nabun

      Or those Christians in Ethiopia she mentioned.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  41. Matthew

    This is really bad, i feel bad for the victims

    August 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  42. Mr. Robert

    Why can't that crime be stopped? Because it is "normal" in their religion? So let's create a new religion where we can do anything we want.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  43. Emmanson freeman

    This is not an issue of muslim and christian faith, It is about civilization between cultures and traditions of men not from God, It can be stop and abolish. It is wickedness to see a dirty old man @ 40 ripped off a child @ 11 of her right to think and make a life choice for herself.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  44. Darlynton

    This is what we call child abuse. How can an old marry a kid and he calls her a wife. The world should come and rescue does children in their country.

    August 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  45. Mycotec

    Wat dis pple are doin is evil manifestation dats y we need to stop dem by prayer.join me on prayer netwrk,letx pray for them

    August 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  46. Mohsin Ali Abbas

    This is the evil human mind using Islam to feed their own lust. It was done in the Abbasiad times as Hadith so no one will challenge. Its an Arab culture that was infested. They even made people believe that Prophet Mohammad mar
    ried a 9 year old so it becomes authentic and perfectly legal. If you look closely at his life , everything he did was to set unpresidented standards so people will change their habbits and become civilized.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  47. Arham

    I have three beautiful nieces and watching this really makes me feel sorry for these young little angles who have just lost a substantial portion of their adolescence. My heart weeps in pain just to imagine what psychological trauma they would have faced landing into a unknown home and being treated as slaves. As the lady mentions that this malice is not restricted to a particular religion or sect but is omnipresent across different geographical regions in different forms. Some are married because their culture says so, some because their parents cant afford the cost of bringing them up or to save dowry or the worst where there is no legitimate father. Things have to change and Sinclair has done an astounding job to bring it to the eyes of us common folks. I just pray that God almighty gives us men the wisdom to really care and respect women.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  48. Renee Marie Freiheit

    This is child abuse. I am speechless that such horrid crimes are going on unpunished. This goes way beyond culture and religion, this is plain evil and deviant behavior.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  49. rita

    I am a mother and most recently a grandmother...It was very hard to read this story but how can we change this...I have thought about it...and I just have not come up with anything...I feel absolutely helpless...It brings tears to my eyes....I am greatly saddened about my tied hands.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  50. DOES it matter

    Well people islam doesnt support child abuse and rape ! 🙂

    August 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  51. Mohsin Ali Abbas

    Only in the past century, we humans recognized the respect a woman deserves. In the mid to late 18th century, all over USA and Europe, women were abused, bought and sold and used. Most of the women were not even married and some that did managed to Marry were young as her. Just like anything else, that part of the world is behind is about 100 plus years so I am sure they will also get civilized in time like we did here in USA and Europe. The good thing is that now you see hardly any cases comparing to an ongoing tradition. If you look at animal kingdom, it’s a way of life .

    August 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  52. Abdishakour

    kkkkkkkkkkk congratulations

    August 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  53. abdi

    If u believe EVERYTHING u read better not read ANYTHING......Chinese proverb

    August 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  54. clinton

    This is wickedness at its peak.Enslaving little children. Who is the father and mother of the child? They too are wicked for allowing their daughter go into such a marriage.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  55. tonymanx

    Just because something is "cultural" and has been being done for many years does not make it correct. The fact that different countries have different cultures does not make it correct. It is a matter of do the individuals involved agree with it. That is the line drawn in the sand. Making a child get married against her will is abuse and slavery no matter how you spin it.
    An individual's right is universal and transcends borders and old habits.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  56. R. Europe

    Dude in the first pic is 40????? Bro needs some sunscreen STAT.

    August 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  57. keygudo

    Its poverty and illiteracy, the parents of these young girls are poor and can no longer feed them that is why they sell these young female child to these old man, moreover the govt of these poor countries are not strong enough to stop these child marriages. My heart goes out to these young and unfortunate girls

    August 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  58. Belarius Marek

    He's 40? WOW. I'm 45 and look 30 years younger than that guy.....

    August 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  59. shahx

    Don't bring Islam into this. Islam doesn't condone such act, it's a result of an uneducated society.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • sharky

      Yes it does. Even in Saudi Arabia the Imams allowed child marriage under Sharia Law.

      Don't bother lying.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  60. Severinus

    Sad to see this happen anywhere, but I was relieved to see it wasn't Kentucky or West Virginia.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  61. levi

    From her look in the picture, she is thinking, Geez, I have to sleep with this creep!

    August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  62. recieva

    No matter what the tradition or religion, it is pedophilia. If the men were not pedophiles they would be marrying women their own ages.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  63. sharky

    Sadly pedophilia is legal in Islam.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Heba

      well no it's not and from ur comments i can see that u don't have any idea about Islam and u r just creating ur own version of it if u considered knowing more about this religion u will see that it is the source of most maybe all the human rights concepts used around world now and this inhuman thing that is happening (children marriage) is a problem of culture only

      August 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • dsk

      sad to see that i have come upon this conversation a little too late but "sharky" here is the poster boy of judgmental ignorance... as a muslim and an arab and a woman, i have never been subjected to this abuse- i grew up to be a happy, educated woman.... all the women i know and most of my community was offered the same.. does child marriage not exist in my country (which is 70 percent muslim and 30 percent christian) it does, minutely – very rarely and sadly but it is in no way provoked, encouraged or accepted.. it is done illegally as is the case in almost ALL countries today and also happens in europe and the usa ... same reporter who did the research and broad cast it has stated so... if u live in the usa and there is so much as one case of child marriage, does that mean u accept it too just because u live in the same country and are of the same religion? NO! so for the last time ... do not assume that all muslims or arabs agree or practice the same beliefs or adhere to the same laws or condone this obscene, inhuman custom.. i personally believe these men and these families who subject their daughters to this abuse should be jailed for life... i am a muslim arab woman in 2013 and i have the education and enough faith in my religion to stand up for whats right nd most of the people who have so ignorantly jumped to blaming islam because it is always the easiest way out of an uncomfortable situation or conversation -blame it on the arabs, blame it on islam mentality that helps them appear as they have actually had an education or know what they are talking about.. very sad story and very sad reading the comments

      January 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  64. liz

    These men are nothing more than religious sanctioned pedophiles.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  65. K.B

    I am saddened, ever since I've known my parents, they would hate such tragedy. This act of evil only exists in remote villages, where people lack education. Human rights should be inforced even those kind of places to ensure human safety and rights. Any men that is marrying a child is a coward man, in any religion, culture or country. I would crash their skull even if he was my brother.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Be my guest to go over to Afghanistan and do it then. Hold on to your own head because they have a tendency of coming off over there.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  66. gaucho420

    Someone needs to look up the meanings of culture and ignorance and the key differences.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Ignorance can be tolerated because it's easily changed with education. But we can support other's right to their own customs and cultures, we don't have to condone them. Lots of postive change going on in Arab countries. People are standing up to their governments and demanding change, even if it means dying for it.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  67. socalman

    What is sad is that we have people in America go back to Afghanistan and marry girls half their age. Thse people are eduacted and part of working society.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  68. Aaron

    Happens in America too. My grandfather sold my aunt for whiskey back in the late 50s. Ignorant people do ignorant things.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Paula D.

      Hope it was single-malt, at least.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      If we're talking about the same lady, it was only a shot glass.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  69. Olmedo Gaitan

    It is terrible indeed. However let's don't pretend that although the west is much more socially advanced , This was a Common practice in many states of the union. And not only that men could marry girls 14 or even younger, but also they where their cousins, case in prove Edgar Alan Poe… That was a long time ago ? how about Jerry Lewis in the late 50's early 60's. It is true also that changing the way of thinking in many of this middle east countries will take a long time if ever. keep in mind that it was the British who brought to them the concept of the country. Before they were simply tribes. We in the west cannot pretend that we are so enlighten either, if we look at our passed. That been said, a lot of the Taliban variety to mention a few, are pure animals. And many of them even favor young boys to women, common knowledge around those parts of the world. from here to the next military invasion , there is a distance to cover, I believe

    August 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      True. Myra Gale Brown was Jerry Lee Lewis's first cousin once removed and was only 13 years old at the time. After marrying her, his music switched from Rock and Roll to Country. Go figure.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
  70. Rlg

    Allowing girls to marry at such a young age is positively disgusting. The familes are to blame for allowing this to happen. They become slaves to these OLD men.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  71. K.B

    BTW-Why everyone refers to Islam reading such sad story, this is lack of education, which means they never read or understood Qur'an or ISLAM. Every country has it's good and bad, but muslims never drag christianity in between. Please refrain from mentioning Islam in these stupid, cowardly act of an individual that has no idea what ISLAM stands for!

    August 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  72. Stokith

    Here we go again, CNN attacking traditional marriage.


    August 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Bliss

      A tradition that needs to be broken! U are sick. CNN is merely informing us of these primitive/barbaric traditions that still exist.... So that we as a whole know this is happening and can take action. The first key to solving a problem is knowing.....

      August 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply
  73. priscilla

    I think it would be hot to have a big lusty man carry me off on a donkey and rape me for hours.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • lorraine

      Even an ugly old afghanistan man like that? You must be desperate, I couldn't imagine an ugly old penis like that dripping on me.

      August 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  74. BobbyElle

    Amazing how some people still live in the stone age in 2012

    August 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  75. steve

    this filth are the real pedophiles of the world!
    everyone of them needs to be shot!

    August 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  76. Jennifer

    Disgusting. Sad. It happens here in our own country too. As our world evolves, we must treat our women and children with so much more respect. I am a mother of a daughter. I cry when I look in these girls' eyes. Babies having babies. God bless them.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  77. iram

    i condem this , i want share that in sindh pakistan sindhi feudal s "wadera's" act same thing through their own court faslesazi" .(some time ago in sindh federal minister hazar bijarani 7 under-age girls get miraged but due to freedom of media he can't do that ) it's very shameless. in 21century . good work CNN

    August 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  78. Frogz

    This is the Islamic way. This is what will happen if the muslim threat is not squashed.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  79. Lib

    My daughter is 19 and she and her friends detest nasty old men. Old to them is over 24. Isn't this acceptable also in the Mormon religion?

    August 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  80. ron ski

    Yes, this is BARBARIC...yes it is OBSCENE AND CRUEL......but unless we are willing to KILL ALL who do not share our views, we have a severe problem. Education, as one man said is the answer, but we cannot be either the world's policeman or societal enforcer.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • isabellaaa23

      ron ski, and what are you suggesting you bigot? you know this has very little to do with religion and everything to do with original cultures that these people belong to right?
      This practice is more common in Rural India amongst Hindus as the article mentioned. So it is more culture than religion.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Can't even get Congress to agree. Much less the world.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  81. aln

    baby raper....mayb someday she will get the chance to beat him in the head with a frying pan or better yet remove his dick with scissors...

    August 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  82. jamie


    August 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  83. awdam

    she just needs to wait until he falls asleep and then cut his head off. Now that would be a deserved honor ki lling!

    August 6, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • Paula D.

      The head on top or below? I guess it doesn't matter...either will do.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  84. Johnny

    Give it a rest. This is normal for other cultures. Just because some crybaby in the USA doesn't like it doesn't make it wrong. Learn to respect other cultures.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • NoTheism

      Johnny, the fact that it is "normal" does not mean that it is right. Cultural relativism can be ok, but you have to combine it with some sort of human rights.. The question, however, is whether such things are right or not.. No amount of relativism can justify certain things, and I hope you can understand that.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      As long as Americans are risking their lives in Aghanistan, the American public have a right to question customs and let their government leaders know how they feel. In America, women are allowed to vote and they can decide the outcome of an election. International aid can just as easily be turned off as provided. Not wise to ignore a major voting power in countries like the U.S. where women's voices are heard and respected.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Bliss

      U r sick! U sound like a pedophile needing justification for his wrongdoings.... No its not ok for u to stand across the street from the park and have perverted thoughts about the kids..... Go home Johnny!

      August 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  85. h0z3k

    Well in north america (and western europe) we have child rapist Catholic priests and there they have these guys.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  86. iram

    all human welfare's rise voice ageist child mirage it's challenge for all religion's . not only muslims

    August 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  87. unfortunatesimon

    Sandusky was one coach but there are so many coaches that are committing perverted acts against children in our own nation!

    August 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • cara

      Agree that this is horrible. Of course, the big difference is Sandusky's in jail and the men featured in these photographs will never be punished. We don't have culturally sanctioned child rape in the U.S.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  88. GaPeach

    Anon should check his facts! Elvis did not marry Prisiclla until she was 21 years old! This aricle made me sick. I know it is a different culture but come could you let your baby marry an old man!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  89. Dave

    pshaw, the Mormons do this all the time. Just ask Warren Jeffs.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  90. darchd

    I don't care if you are a leprechaun from Saturn...there is nothing right about marrying a kid.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  91. sunflower

    I read an article several months back about a young child that was married off to a much older man. He of course wanted what he felt he was due as a husband, and forced himself on her on their "wedding night". Her little body was not mature or big enough to accomodate him, and the poor little thing bled to death... Then he had the audacity to ask her family for the bride price back the next day!!! these people are not human. They are animals.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
    • Cherries

      There have been many instances too, where yound girls die during child birth. Their bodies just cannot handle it. They are not made to. They see it as usual, but we're screaming that its barbaric. What's more sad is the girls you don't hear about.

      August 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  92. beforus

    That is what occurs in a inbred country with no morality. In the USA he is just a pedofile. Thanks CNN for ditrubting this garbage.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  93. humtake

    Religion, tradition....BS. All religion or tradition does is condone the activity, it doesn't explain it. This is all about a man or woman who is so self conscious about getting a spouse his own age that he accepts the young son or daughter to be his spouse because they have no choice...or he/she is a pedophile. The grown up knows what they are doing and has a choice to not marry someone so young. Stop trying to make up excuses for the creeps by saying it is accepted in their religion/tradition. That doesn't explain WHY they want to get married to someone so young. And the answer has already been stated.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • Mei

      Religion isn't to blame. In fact, most of the charity in the world comes from Christianity–hospitals, orphanages, homeless shelters, welfare programs for the poor (because the nobility would not do it). Hitler (who was not Christian nor religious since he preached and practiced hate) and Communist countries (China for one is a good example given how they force women to abort their babies at 8 or 9 months, imprison their citizens for decades without trial, etc) are not religious.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
      • abid

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  94. beforus

    What would you expect from a country of inbreds? Thanks cnn for this insightful story.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  95. behonest

    Regardless their culture, it's a grossest cultural practice.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  96. mike

    remember Larry King's wedding, we have our own cases in the west

    August 6, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  97. OverHorizon

    Ah, thats the problem with regime change; some cultures need to be wiped out, not just the leadership they produce.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  98. Direct

    This is evil.
    This is barbaric.

    There is nothing else to understand here.

    If you think that this child will be cared for in any loving manner, you are a fool.

    She will be raped repeatedly by a 40 year old man. She is property.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  99. David L. Kaliner

    Many thanks to Christiane Amanpour, a sterling journalist, for bringing much needed attention to the horrible practice of arranged child matrimony. In this fascinating piece, Ms. Amanpour interviews photographer Stephanie Sinclair, discussing many instances of this type of child abuse that have taken place internationally. It was quite touching and powerful to learn that a young Yemeni girl named Nujood Ali courageously stood up in court and divorced her husband (decades older) at just ten years of age. The book, filled with many revealing photographs and stories, shines a spotlight on several disturbing marriage scenarios across diverse cultures. Ms. Amanpour, please continue the great work.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  100. Paula D.

    Anyone who wears Jiffy-Pop for a hat is not to be trusted.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • lorraine

      hahahahahaah, too funny

      August 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • AnnMB

      Really? Are you a responsible, educated, tax-paying American citizen saying such a ridiculous thing? It doesn't sound like it. You are a sad example of a human being.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  101. Michael

    It is sick, and these men do it in the name of their stupid religion. The RC's are just as bad. There are no words that describe these dirty rotten men.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  102. thomasthecat

    The paradigm in which Americans see the story above is totally different from what the Arabic people see it. Immediately, generalizations are made across the board when you read about an old man marrying a small child. Never once do they compare it with their own cultures and beliefs. To Americans, they are the shining example of what people should be, how people should act. I'm sorry, but people who judge others critically based on one article without understanding the story behind it are pathetic. I have the utmost respect for Americans, but come on, guys. Stop judging people without doing proper research. The people of the World have different cultures and beliefs. Accept that.

    August 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Spoken by a true Arabic man. Fortunately not all Arabic women agree and the culture is changing. Arabic women are becoming more educated and speaking out as long as they don't have to worry about their heads being cut off. The more stories like this that come out, the less likely the American public and their elected leaders will be willing to provide international aid and support. In America, women's voices are heard and respected.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
      • thomasthecat

        Not an Arabic man, but thanks anyway, Dave. 🙂 I'm not saying that the practice is good nor acceptable in today's world. What I am saying is that instead of condemning the act, we should try to at least understand (not accept) their cultures and beliefs. It is not fair to look at this based on the article written above and a picture. To call people disgusting, in bred, and pedophiles, is immature and downright premature.

        August 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • DS

      Yes, let's respect other cultures & child sacrifice 😀

      August 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
      • Zara

        He said understand* their cultures not respect or accept or impose ur own values. Understand?

        August 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • goose

      I agree with you completely. Most repliers put all the stories and countries in one pot and blame it on islam even many of the countries mentioned are christians or hindu or coptic christians. Also most people mix up traditions and culture with laws in industrial countries. I think it is worse when mothers in USA rent out their daughters for some crack. Or think about human traffic done by educated men in industrial countries ? Just something to think about .

      August 7, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply
  103. orion7x

    That look she is giving him says it all...

    August 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • pianki

      She looks as if she is saying "Why are we posing for this picture" or the Americans? Would they prefer you to have a boy bride?

      August 8, 2012 at 4:48 am | Reply
  104. luis

    disgusting this makes me so mad

    August 6, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  105. lroy

    Okay, let's just talk about the logistics. In 20 years, the man will be in the seventy-something, and what, the woman twenty-something? Add another ten years. What's the woman going to do then when the man dies of old age? I would assume the men in the husband's family is just as old, so what is the woman to do?

    August 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  106. Eric the Commenter

    I saw the link and thought "not another horror story from Canada!" but then after reading a couple of words I see that it's actually AFGHANISTAN! WHAT!? I am in total shock...I need to sit down, the room is spinning...

    August 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  107. luis

    this is why ppl go out and kill others in temples

    August 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  108. Valentine

    I feel bad for these little girls, and those men who are using this cultural surrounding to take advantage of young girls should be punished. However, if a population of people are living peacefully with their culture and beliefs then they should not be interfered with because that will create problems amongst them. Theres no need to brain wash them if they are living peacefully amongst each other no matter what their practice may be.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • thomasthecat

      Agreed. Some things are not meant to be meddled with.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • bob

      So it's totally okay that these guys are raping small children as long as they aren't killing each other. Am I understanding your statement correctly?

      August 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • pianki

      Why say this is a bad thing. This lady, Amanpour,like Anderson, must have some bones in their closet. Next Obama will be ordering Drone attacks surprises at their weddings.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:52 am | Reply
  109. Shuaibu Ahmad

    I don't know why people are quick to take an unjustifyable stand when it comes to issues that involves muslims, but seems reluctant in things that are more important to them. that's not fair!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Reply
  110. Richard

    I dont think it's that bad. Its part of their tradition. Not really our place to step in.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  111. jimbotheus

    I'm Catholic, and my priest married a little boy! I heard Jesus Christ married a 5 year old too and had him take his body into his mouth every Sunday afterwards. Praise the Lord!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      You'll have to answer for yourself on judgment day. You're not upsetting Christians with such remarks as we only to account for our own actions. To be honest, I feel sorry for you.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • Jesus

      Hi, jimbotheus. Jesus here. Just one thing - it was Saturday, not Sunday. No biggie.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  112. stnais

    I have a picture of Mohammed tattooed on my

    August 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      I'd recommend reading the book of Romans in the New Testament. Pretty immature comment. Makes you sound less of a man.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  113. Dr Vincent, I IFIORA

    So bad for women.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  114. Dr Vincent, I IFIORA

    Too bad for women.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  115. nope

    what's good for the prophet is good for the peasants.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  116. r212

    This is all so simple. Just do as Napier did when the British prohibited sati in India and Hindu priests complained...

    "Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs."

    August 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  117. ron g.

    I am outraged!!!! these customs are sick!! these are traditions and customs that man has made and we know that man`s mind can be wicked and evil just because these are their shameful customs dont make them morally correct shame on u valentine!!!! U disgust me!!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  118. aln

    anyone who thinks this is okay is harboring chester tendencies themselves...animals

    August 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  119. Paul Lytle

    Its great to be a Christian and have morals based on the teachings of the True God!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • motherof3

      Christianity still commits this type of practice in other parts of the world. Here in this country, the FLDS regularly commits this type of atrocity! If it weren't for education and the belief that girls have their own minds and have the right to choose for themselves, we would still be practicing very similar behavior. It wasn't that long ago that a woman not married by the time she was 15 was considered an old maid and firmly on the shelf and would remain unmarried forever! You must have also missed the section about christian areas of Ethiopia still committing these acts!

      August 6, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  120. coyote

    come on I want to hear stories of women behaving badly, mass murdering, blowing things up, lying on the senate floor, not enough to fill the paper? yeah thought so...

    August 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  121. Babak from LA

    As a 50 year old man, I don't understand it and have no desire to marry a child ... But then, that is not my life or my country ,,,, It seems like it is a part of their coulture,,,,, not mine.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  122. Dan

    Those of you insisting that this is not a problem with Islam need to consider that the reason this practice continues in the Muslim world is because Islam's "prophet" set an example for them in marrying a six year old when he was 54. The marriage was not consummated until she was nine, but because of his example, Muslims insist that they can continue this behavior to this day.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  123. Karema Usman

    I used to think Northern Nigeria had a serious problem of child marriage until I read here of girls being married off at age 5, 6?... I weep loudly!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  124. Jim456

    Well, others marry kids with age of 11. Others still have the death penalty. Both very much back to stoneage

    August 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  125. Mei

    Americans can't put themselves on a pedestal either. The pervs who abuse kids do so in hiding (because they can't marry the children). And there are a lot of sick s...x offenders in our own country.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  126. richard russell

    So it's OK to molest a child under the guise of culture and religion? That is why Afghanistan is still a hell hole and women are being oppressed and brutalized. It is a primitive and patriarchal society under the pretense of religion and culture.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  127. Dan

    That whole area is a lost cause.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  128. jason

    religion or not, there is nothing remotely sound about "marrying" a child. It's the old pervs who justify it by writing it into their tradition . Can you imagine the old geezers drooling all over themselves while they wrote this about marrying a child? SICK. Certainly has NOTHING to do with religion or procreation. Nothing!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  129. bill davis

    In the USA we have women who increase their welfare checks by bring excess children into the world,we even have girls working on an MRS degree, parents teach kids at an early age it pays to work the system, even the Christians push for more kids and less birth control.

    USA kid of hypocritical to tell the truth.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  130. vandi

    let me get this right... So when an 11 years old girl in the US gets f* cked from her boyfriend, that's OK? , but when an 11 years old girl get married somewhere else, that's wrong?

    August 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  131. Hisorybuff

    It might surprise many of you commenting here to learn that a mere 150 years ago, it was common in Christian society for young girls to marry older gentlemen even here in the United States. Girls were considered a commodity, chattel, a possession, something to be traded and bartered for better standing. In some cases, the gentry married off their young children before puberty in order to secure better social standing. While some child brides were immediately sent to live with their older husbands, others kept their young daughters until the onset of menstruation. Once the girl had her first menses, she was sent to live with her husband and to consummate her marriage, as she was biologically old enough to produce children.

    Today, we are appalled at such behavior because we have been taught better, and have a better understanding of biology and the damage childbirth can have on a barely pubescent child. We also believe in a person being given the RIGHT TO CHOOSE. Furthermore, we as society have a different set of beliefs and morals than we once used to have based on education. Something these older, less privileged countries do not have due in part to lack of funding, but also a different belief system. However. as their generations continue to grow and become better educated, this type of thing will start to happen less and less as it has in our own society. Education is the key and globalization has already started making inroads.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  132. wert just know this is some white guy.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  133. ChrisMay

    This is not a "custom" or a "ritual." This is pedophilia uninhibited. That's what these "faithful" guys are all about. They hang in there, insisting they are believers, and the prize is pedophilia. Uninhibited, and encouraged in this good old boys club. My heart aches for the children. The very people that they put their trust in for protection and survival, turned on them in the most inhumane way. It doesn't take a belief in any kind of a god to do this, just a selfishness that reaches to the core of the individual and sways him to choose wrong over right; and how wrong can you be?

    August 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  134. GaPeach

    jimbotheus is disgusting! You have a very sick mind to even write something like that! This whole article made me sick to my stomach. Thank God I was born in America!!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  135. ron g.

    any one that touches a child is a perv and monster people know right from wrong customs are made and carried on i would line them all up and let the children they abuse KILL them!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Hate Sick Pervs

      Ron, I agree. Lets give them a long slow death to remember! The way these poor children will live a damaged life forever is beyond sad.

      October 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  136. Emma

    Race, religion, geography, or anything else it might be blamed on does not matter to is child abuse! It is disgusting, it is wrong, and just because it has been done for years does NOT make it right.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  137. Brian

    No, it's not just Muslims, it's just mostly Muslims.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  138. Brian in DC

    I was going to make a joke but this is gross.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  139. ron g.

    let sandusky go then!!!!! no difference right ??than the muslims?!?!?! sick!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  140. LOL

    Well God knocked up Mary at the ripe age of 12, so I guess Christians can't really claim the moral high ground here.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • DS

      Were you there? The Bible doesn't state "12yrs old" as you are stating or any age for that matter.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  141. Observer

    Biblical times are over.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  142. bets55

    40 years old? That guy looks like he's 60 plus!! That poor kid. Sick..sick...sick...

    August 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  143. Captian Obvious

    Eh-hem, This is the very best thing he can do in Islam, next to blowing himself up. Mohamhead took his bride Aisha at age 6 while she played with dolls.
    As long as this long dead pedo is still calling the shots, Islam will remain in the dark ages.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  144. recieva

    The US of A can't claim the moral high ground, either. Child-bride articles here through July-August 2012 involving Mormons:

    August 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • Rob S

      One doesn't have to have moral high ground to point out the atrocities committed by others. If that were the case, we would live in a lawless society because no one really has that moral high ground you refer to. Besides, I doubt the mormons you refer to are criticizing these marriages.

      August 6, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  145. Max

    aww they're so cute together 🙂 they have the same eyes

    August 6, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  146. Curious

    Since this report concerns cultural practices in foreign countries, why should Americans care? If I've learned anything from the last 10 years of nation building, it is that we can't force or legislate change in a country that doesn't want to change. Change must come from within, and often misery, suffering and abuse must continue until those citizens take action on their own, regardless of personal consequences.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  147. Rob S

    I understand there are grand cultural differences between some societies and I respect that. But this is a terrible act against freewill. Freewill should be a basic human right across all cultures. The little girls will be groomed for these older men, never to have free will of their own.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  148. Jax

    This makes me want to throw up! These men don't deserve a penis!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • Heather

      agree with you completely jax..this is sickening and i hope the commenters making jokes about this, and ANYONE who thinks this is ok, take a long look at themselves in a mirror! 🙂

      August 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  149. Adham Zahran

    Religion or tradition does not make this right. Things have to change and humans should behave more responsibly towards other human beings. A 40 years old man marring an 11 old girl is shocking and I believe that the man in question had a choice and he has chosen to marry the 11 year old girl and he should be punished, as there are no justifications for such choices no matter where you live or what religion you follow.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  150. Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

    There is nothing wrong here, unless abuse takes place. Even our beloved prophet married Ayesha when she was 6 years old and our prophet was 54 years old. Nothing wrong with that. It is all part of life.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • Mohsin Ali Abbas

      Mohd are you for real. do you actually believe that garbage that He married her just because some where in some book its written. Get real. He did no such thing and shame on you for actually not using your own worthless brain. Its people like you that has created a bad wrap on Islam. Use common sense and start questoning. Discard all the bull and pay more attention to the real message. Would you let your daughter get married to that old man at the age of 6? and by God if you say yes, then get a gun and shoot your

      August 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
    • kyomi

      No – the girls don't want it the women don't want it – being forced into marriage is wrong. If you are not capable of understanding that your freedoms and rights stop where another person's starts then you are part of the problem.

      It is very wrong to force this on a child, very wrong indeed.

      I think catholic priests who abuse children are evil too – so don't think I am downing your religion. I am upset because innocent children are being abused

      August 7, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
  151. KB

    Why does this happen? Is it because the parents can not afford the financial burden of having a child? This article fails to give a big picture look at what creates these conditions and it therefore fails to offer realistic solutions. What it does achieve is the reinforcement of sterotypes and hatred toward foreign cultures which is the type of irresponsible reporting that aids in the provocation of incidents such as the Sikh massacre in Wisonsin this past weekend.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  152. Arj

    This is neither cultural nor religious thing. These are social practices that arise out poor families who get tempted that their daughter may have a better life. They measure things by money only because they dont have money with them. They are are not educated as well.

    In other cases like in India where both are children, both side parents wish that their families are get closer with the marriage. This is some what cultural. Traditionally kids always listened to their parents and did not dare to say no. So it is too much of insensitivity and lack of education that kids have their opinions.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  153. Betty Makoni

    To watch the images is painful and pierces my heart. To think this little girl is being raped right now is scary. It is not marriage but organised rape. Marriage is about two consenting adults but here we have a child who is so delicate. These crimes should be classified under crimes against humanity and when such wars are declared on girls bodies just like any other we must get UN Security council meeting to rescue such innocent souls. Also am calling for all children`s organisations in the world to make rescue of children from such evil men to unite. I personally need to know who is the UN representative on children in this country and could she tell us what practical solutions she has. This situation is urgent as a child is being raped every second.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  154. Sagebrush Shorty

    It doesn't matter what culture this is, wrong is wrong.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  155. Cathy

    Awful and horrid.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  156. Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

    People who find a problem with this practise(early mariage) are actually criticising Islam. They have simply found another way to bash Islam and muslims. I am sure this article and reportage is funded by the Jews to give muslims a bad name...yet again.

    I can tell you we muslims are proud to follow in the footsteps of our prophet Muhammad(pbuh). We love him and revere him, even if you Westerners and Jews think he is a paedophile. In our eyes, he is a noble man, he only married Ayesha(ra) after he was commanded by Allah(SWT) to do so. And there are many reasons why he was asked to take a young bride. We can talk about that later.

    There is absolutely no need to feel ashamed about this and try to sanitise Islam in front of the western people. We are proud of our deen because it is the perfect religion. There is no shortcoming in Islam. What ever our prophet (p) did is correct. Period.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
    • kyomi

      I wish all the women in your area would just get up, walk away and take all female children. You should live entirely without women – you treat them like nothing as if they didn't matter or were invisible. You should be forced to live without them.

      You will all die without issue and then we would be done with you – and maybe the men who treat women with respect will have a chance to make the world a better place wihtout your brutality against females.

      August 7, 2012 at 1:42 am | Reply
  157. LOL

    Christian hypocrites, per usual :

    In keeping with Jewish custom, the betrothal [Between Mary and Joseph] would have taken place when she was around 12, and the birth of Jesus about a year later.

    Was god a pedophile?

    August 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  158. Realdirect

    Father Shanahan rapes little boys.....don't forget!!!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  159. jeff tartt

    I believe the world news needs to stay the world news.To many stories are brought out of foreign countries.What happens in other countries as far as their culture is not our problem.They have had their beliefs for thousands of years.We don't need to be bothered with trying to change or try to change them.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  160. Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

    If you want to call our beloved prophet Muhammad(p) a paedophile, you cannot get away with it. Read your bible. Many of your prophets married girls as young as 6 and 7 years old. So what do you have to say about that?


    Please visit my blog to learn more about islam. Google my name.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • jz

      that was before the new testament

      August 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
      • jz

        get more educated on the bible...

        August 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  161. Eli

    These people are animals. It child abuse and they should be punished for that. The girls looked so scared in those pictures it's heartbreaking.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  162. Canadian JIm

    Pedophile cultures. Ban them at our borders, We have enough trouble with the pedophiles here and we have laws against it.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  163. Scott

    This isn't new !! I posted a blog over a year ago about the same 2 people with the same picture !!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  164. Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

    Google my name. Visit my Islamic blogs. You will know that marrying girls off young is not an Islamic monopoly . Even Christian prophets have done it. And how old was Mary when she got pregnant with Jesus? She was 11 years old. Believe it or not. It is mentioned in the old testament. But we muslims dont have a problem with that.


    August 6, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  165. Brad76

    So sad, and the kid looks scared. Just not right at all.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  166. Herbert W. Esmahan

    This is disgusting, and someone has to bring this up so I will, how is this permitted in other countries yet gay marriage is frowned upon? SICKENING!!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply

    The Bible itself gives detailed instruction on how to sell your daughter into slavery.....Slow your roll Holy Rollers

    August 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  168. swingstater

    Every time you read a story like this and think that those people are so backward, realize this kind of thing also happens on a daily basis in the US. The FLDS (or fundamentalist Mormons) marry unwilling underage girls off to older members of their own families. It's illegal and they still do it. There hasn't been a whole lot of prosecution. Those that leave are cut off from their relatives forever. This goes on in Utah, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, etc. And no mormon, including Romney, will say a word about it.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  169. Pop Pop

    Write his name on a Hellfire missile and lets see if he likes that insertion.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  170. irene

    OMG....this is so disgusting sic!!!! So dreadful to be a female in those sick mined countries!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  171. ecofabulous

    Early marriagehas inflicted dangerous and devastating effects on young girls. We need to educate these people. I think most of them don't even know the consequences of these practices!!!
    It is all about the moral development of their society. We have come a long way to this state of our own "civilized" morality. Our history has abundant examples of young marriages.
    For instance:
    *Theodora Comnena was aged 13 years old when she was married King Baldwin III of Jerusalem (1158)
    *Agnes of France was 12 years old when, widowed, wife of Andronicus Comnenus, Byzantine Emperor (1182)
    *Caterina Sforza, an Italian noblewoman. In 1473 she was betrothed to Girolamo Riario, "nephew" of Pope Sixtus IV. She was married in 14.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      You are not going to educate them. The child's mother does it for money. They only believe in the Old Testament Bible. Their only "God" is Alla. They are taught this when they first learn how to read. They are also taught that if they die for their country, they will go strait to heaven, no questions asked.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
  172. jurby

    it disgusts me that any culture would ever allow such a horrible thing to happen. the people that do this should be horse-whipped, sterilized so they can't have anymore children, and their children permanently taken from them.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  173. VBD

    If this is a religious tradition, the relligion should be abolished and banned.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  174. ssas

    send Seal Team 6 😛

    August 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • pianki

      Seal Team six is dead after killing Bin Laden for the tenth time. (6)

      August 8, 2012 at 5:37 am | Reply
  175. Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

    If every one converts to Islam, the world wuold be a better place. THen you wont see these practises with western eyes and call it as "inferior". There is some wisdom in these practises too. Read the Quran you will know.

    Google my name. visit my blogs.


    August 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • miranda

      I would happily die first. Gladly and going with the one true God.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
      • saywaaat

        and how do you know your god is the true god???have you seen/talked to him/her/it???

        August 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Rick

      I don't see the wisdom in marrying a 6 year old girl who does not even know what the word marry means much less knowing how to love a man almost four times her age. I have never read the Quran, does it mention Jesus Christ?

      August 7, 2012 at 12:20 am | Reply
    • kyomi

      not for women – it would be an awful hell for girls and women who want to have a life of their own, who want to be educated –

      it would only be good for men or women who care little for the mental health of their own daughters

      better to be dead than married to a dirty lustful old man who will beat you one day and rape you the next – what an awful life for a child-bride

      August 7, 2012 at 1:55 am | Reply
  176. dean

    While I don't like it, we can't view these thru the values of the US or more modern countries. I thought Amanpour was better than that.

    August 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  177. John

    Why did I know it would be a rag head "man" abusing this child?

    August 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
    • kyomi

      there are plenty of neo-nazi blond and blue-eyed child abusers so get off your high horse

      August 7, 2012 at 1:57 am | Reply
  178. matt

    Here i was guessing a dateline of Salt Lake City.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  179. Kira

    This is the democracy that America is spilling blood for.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • AnnMB

      This is a religion, not a government, why do you people post when you have no idea what you're talking about, CNN needs to lock these comment pages down, half of you posters should be investigated by the FBI and Homeland Security for the hateful uneducated comments you're spewing. Heard of homeland terrorism and hate crimes??? Get off your computer, actually watch CNN and get a grip on reality.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • Zara

      @ Kira
      For every American who spilled his blood there are 10 Palestinians. American or Palestinian, Man is Man. An American's life is not worth more than a Palestinians just because they are a more sophisticated breed of human. Both are humans and have equal value. If you want to weep , weep for the whole of mankind.

      August 7, 2012 at 1:36 am | Reply
  180. Bill

    The 11 yr old is really pretty.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  181. MomentsOfReflection

    The moment i read the article, i knew that i would inevitably see westerners who would criticize Islam because of their misinterpretation of the Prophet's marriage with Ayesha. Let me mention some facts. All i request is for a patient ear.

    a) If one were to look at the history, one would be surprised to see that in many ancient cultures women were married at a age that is considered very early by today's standards. Infact in these societies, these early marriages was the norm, not the exception. The reasons for the early age of marriage were many – Lower life expectancy, early puberty, socio-cultural factors etc. A quick search on the internet will confirm what i have just said.E.g: The legal age of consent for women in England during the 13th century was 12. Don't believe me ?, pls look it up. In 1863, the legal of age under French Napoleonic was increased to 13.

    When criticizing prophet Muhammad's marriage, one has to to keep in mind that we are trying to apply 20th century standards to those of the 6th century. Any rational human being will agree that customs, traditions and social norms were significantly different 1400 years ago.

    b) Before the prophet married Ayesha, SHE WAS ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED TO a MAN named – Jubair bin Mutim. He was in his late thirties, early forties. Ayesha's father – Abu Bakr was the second person to accept Islam and hence this created a rift between the families of Ayesha and Jubair and the marriage was called off. Marriage was one of the most frequently used means to cement ties among tribal Arabs. Hence it was very normal for Abu Bakr to arrange the marriage of his daughter with Prophet Muhammad. Let me cite a modern day example, Hindus in India considered it absolutely normal for uncles to marry their nieces. Many of you will agree that they find this practice, to put it nicely – out of the ordinary.

    C) During the initial days of Islam, Prophet Muhammad was accused by the Arab non Muslims of being many things – chiefly among them – Sorcerer, Poet, Cheat etc. But even during these initial days , the prophet WAS NEVER EVER accused of being someone who exploited women – young or old. This very fact that even his enemies didn't find anything out of the ordinary in his marriage to Ayesha, is enough to prove that the marriage was considered ok.

    d) By all recorded accounts, Ayesha lived a very happy life and never ever had to say anything negative about the prophet. She never ever displayed any "clinical symptoms" of some one who was supposedly exploited. To the end of her days, she had nothing but admiration, respect and love for her husband.

    e) When evaluating a man's life, one has to keep a holistic perspective. We are talking about a man who could have lived a life great material luxury. This was a man who was called as "Al Amin" – the most trusted one, even by his enemies, for being honest and trustworthy in transactions. The tribal Arabs offered him money power,women, everything , only if he would stop preaching Islam. This was a man of conviction and honesty. In all his actions, one can see examples of his honesty, humanity and strength of character. Such a person could never have done something wrong.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • miranda

      Applying what happened in the sixth century to now is ridicules. But so it taking men's word for how happy a marriage she had. Women in these societies barely can read and write. You are taking MEN's word for everything when you read history. Women in England were often not allowed to read just over 100 years ago. She could have been the most miserable woman on earth, but she never had the means to say so. Probably why they often forbid women from education even now.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Reply
    • Shame

      I fully understand your argument, but the last sentence is out of place. Muhammed did a LOT wrong. He waged war, Jesus did not. He killed Christians, Jesus forgave his murderers. He invoked the murder of all "infidels", Jesus preached peace. You need to read the New Testament, I've read the Koran, it's angry and distrustful. You might just find Chrisianity is the way, the truth, and the light.

      August 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
      • lorraine

        Jesus also said he did not come to bring peace to the world, but a sword. Explain that one to me now, how this Jesus claimed to bring peace yet on the other hand, said the other? Sounds hypocritical to me.

        August 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
    • Nada

      without reading the all article God reward you for what you have said and here's a video in arabic translated in english about this issue. I would like to spread it so they can understand>

      August 6, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
    • shika Krish

      Talking about 16th century does not justify the current action. Even now islam suppresses women, making them wear hijab and bhurka and no education how can you be so sure ayesha was very happy and had nice life. In India child marriages happen behind the back as its illegal and in India the boy and girl are of the same ages still its not legal and if the parents are caught doing it can get them jail time. The cases mentioned in this article is men of 40 years old marrying small kids .Please do not justify such disgraceful act by pointing fingers are other religion and country . stand against such stupid tradition and put end to it .

      August 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • Rick

      These people don't do it for religious reasons any more. They do it to prove to the women that they are still in power. The Bible teaches us that we should not be unevenly yoked. That means that the two people getting married should be of one mind. Do you really think that a 6 year old even knows what love really means at that age? They are not getting married so that they can combine two families, they are getting married so they can become wealthy. Their parents get payed for doing this. Where is the morality in that?

      August 7, 2012 at 12:27 am | Reply
  182. Tony

    Those people are a bunch of child molester. Thank God for the U.S

    August 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  183. Daniel

    This is terrible. I feel sick to my stomach.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  184. clem

    Sounds like some churches over here...just sayin'

    August 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  185. Mortran

    The Religion of Peace again! Or may be we should call it now the Religion of Pedophilia.
    It's somehow cool. Now you can get away with child rape by claiming freedom of religion.
    It's really amazing how the world has benefited from Islam.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  186. willielove

    Sad how men are sick...pagan religion under the control of a evil devil does this to people and cultures.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  187. Abdulthebutcher

    If I was a dominate male member of one of thes child brides families. I could never let my baby girl go to some pervert. I would feel like a lesser man if I wasn't able to protect and provide for my baby girls.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  188. sbreezy

    im as liberal as they come but this is absolutely disgusting. despite whatever culture or religious norms a society has – children should not be able to be married until they are at least teenagers....

    August 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  189. Shame

    @Cherie, jp, & Miss Trixie: The muslim tradition is exactly that. It is considered better for a girl to have relations with only one man who is already her husband, than risk the sin of hormonal yearnings for other men throughout her teens, and possibly, adultery and a pregnancy outside of marriage. After all, the holy prophet Muhammed had his (23?)rd wife as a 10 yr. old, Aisha, who is considered a very holy woman in Islam akin to a saint. So by today's terms, Muhammad was a pedophile and a polygamist. By the terms of Arabia in the year 600 through today, he was acting honorably to protect Aisha's honor. Some folks say Jesus was gay, some say Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, some say he was single. We'll never know the real answers. I'm not condoning this at all, just trying to explain it right or wrong. I have grandchildren who are NOT the products of marriage, as was my mother. it is very shameful and painful to me. What happened to honor your father and mother?

    August 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Makesmeill

      Oh wow...let's call this what it really is – it's a man's way of being a pervert...period! I have all boys, but I also have nieces who are all now married, and they didn't sleep around before being married. If you teach your daughters well and keep an eye on them, they won't sleep around! Consistent communication/education between parent and child is crucial, especially during their teenage years! But, I guess for these people, it's easier to make up this silly excuse and throw the poor kid into a life of utter misery and despair. So sick. It's a mother's natural instinct to give her own life to protect her child...where are the mothers of these poor baby girls!? I'd rather never have a child if this is what his/her future holds...I'd cut out my own uterus before living like this...

      November 19, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  190. Chick-Fil-A

    Seriously, what is the problem? Just the other day we had a record sales day in support of the Biblical definition of marriage, now suddenly everybody hates it?!

    Make up your mind!

    August 6, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
    • Pee Wee Morris

      Do you really mean to equate 40 year old men marrying little girls to gay marriage?

      August 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
      • Chick-Fil-A

        I didn't write the bible, sir. I just follow it. God supports polygamy, incest, and pedophilia, as is written in His book. Who are you to oppose His will?

        August 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • Makesmeill

        God didn't "write" the book, sir! Man did! And what a coincidence that "man" thinks it's okay to rape baby girls...go figure!

        November 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  191. rayme

    Do people realize that under Judaic law, the Mother Mary was 12 years old when she was wed to Joseph and 13 when she delivered Jesus??!! It's "cultural", not necessarily "wicked" as some are trying to assert! I agree it should stop with education to those who practice marriage to one so young in today's world – but let's stop with the bashing!

    August 6, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
    • Mohsin Ali Abbas

      Thanks, I agree but many are so stupid that they hardly know their own parents leave alone the history hahaha

      August 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  192. ImvotingforObama


    August 6, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  193. Silvia

    lock them up and through away the key. oh then burn the jail down 😀

    August 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  194. Sabastian The True

    I am from Saudi Arabia and a Muslim, and of my 20 year living in Saudi Arabia I have YET to meet a Muslim who thinks marrying and consummating with a child is normal.
    In some bedoiun societies however, it does still happen under the premise that it their children mature at a much younger age.
    I am a Muslim and the thought of marrying a child sickens me. Throw your rage at my religion, I could care less.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Rosa

      Finally. Thank you.
      I am a Muslim too. I also live in Saudi Arabia. Here's a surprise to many of you: I do not live in a tent. I do not ride a camel to school. And if a man came to ask for my hand in marriage now (I'm 16) they would laugh in his face and tell him to try again later in 10 years. You need to stop stereotyping us because this is rare in our culture, and people caught doing it are criticized and often punished.

      August 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
      • Heather

        no sterotyping from me Rpsa. 🙂 I am studying wicca, and we are taught to recognize and respect other religions 🙂 good job for standing up for what you believe in! 😀

        August 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  195. NameLisa*

    Other Countries marring off five yr old children! Even a eleven yr old. The countries make me sick. The need to prevent these people from having children in the first place. As far as im concerned they are a huge waste of space. This circle will continue unless someone steps in. what can i do to help?

    August 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  196. Juhls

    When posting articles like this- can you provide specific details on how to help? Its great to be informed and educate- but there needs to be clear directions on how we can stop (and help) this. Has that been determined? Maybe we can take the journalism a step further by providing this information and resources.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
    • QB

      Its easy, donate to the US army, they go and kill and finish men women and children and you wont see the example ever again

      August 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  197. Silvia

    @ Sabastian most hopefully wont be interpreting this as a religious issue..its a moral issue. one which is morally wrong plain and simple and if anyone agrees its ok then they have lost their minds.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  198. recieva

    No, Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi, it's definitely not an Islamic monopoly! It happens everywhere:

    August 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  199. Kevin

    We cant condemn other cultures when in our own country the usa we dont do anything about teen pregnancies. Until we solve our problem then we can start telling them something.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  200. mary

    They said in the 70's when people wanted divorce with out cause and remarry at will . Next would be gays wanting to marry and do as they please.. Now we say next pedophiles will want their right to children and to do as they please. People say it won't happen..
    well.. it is already happening in many countries..
    We are on a moral decline and as each generation declines further.. Less and less looks so bad.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  201. Sarfaraz

    In West po**st**s reveal when they reach 18 that they had given bl**j*b at 8-9-10 to neighbor, classmates etc. Tracy Lords like cases are rare in the West.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  202. ironman59

    This is just another example of what "Convservative Values" is all about. While there may not be child marriages in the USA there is equally horrible treatment of minors because of "tradition". Be it not offering child protective services, cutting of services to mothers, pushing families into poverty so we can build more weapons.

    No matter where in the world you go, be assured that "Conservative Values" and "Traditions" usually mean that people are being harmed in unbelievable ways.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • william

      Just recently a 10 year old girl married a 10 year old boy in the USA. The girl was dieing from cancer and wanted to marry her friend before she died.

      August 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  203. recieva

    A lot of USAers are angry with Muslims because of 9/11. Remember that the terrorists were an extreme fundamentalist group. Not all Muslims are terrorists. Islam is a peaceful religion except for a few deviants. I am an American ashamed to say that some USA Christians are shameful.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  204. James PDX

    40 years old? YIKES! Either marriage to an 11 year old ages one prematurely or that dude lied worse than Albert Pujols about his age.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  205. recieva

    Yes, Jesus' mother was a child.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • william

      Jesus mother was 16 when she married. Jesus mother was also a concubine.

      August 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • Lexe

      False. Please cite a scripture to prove your lie

      August 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  206. recieva

    Yes, Jesus' mother was a child. And don't tell me the holy ghost didn't know any better.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Lexe

      False. Please cite a scripture to prove your comment or admit that you are a vile, low life liar.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  207. Rosa, b'ham al

    This makes me want to throw up.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  208. Joey Merlino

    Apparently Americans have the monopoly when it comes to what is "normal".

    ha ha ha ha ha

    August 6, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • kyomi

      Joey – a man – yes?

      it is not normal to strip the rights away of huge numbers of people. If you think women's and children's rights should not be protected worldwide – my only wish for you is to be forced to see this from an abused child's eyes – to feel the pain torment shame and fear they feel.

      You SHOUL BE enraged and you SHOULD care about these children. You are too calloused or maybe just to selfish and self-absorbed

      August 7, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
  209. recieva

    Yes, Joey Merlino. But, not only Americans have the monopoly on what's normal. Other civilized countries do, as well. I will guess that you can't imagine what it's like to be a child who is raped by a sick older man.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  210. Hard Life

    There is NO WAY that dude is 40...just saying.

    August 6, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  211. Badly-Bent

    These must be the cowards who can't wait for their 40 virgins or they are not true believers and so they hedge now against what might not be in their future?

    August 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  212. saywaaat

    mormons have the same sick tradition of marrying little girls.mitt romneys grand dad had multiple wives and i wouldnt be a bit surprise if they were underage at the time of their marriage.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  213. Dine

    away from human, cannot understand how these type of traditions devloped in society, and still exist, and sad that we can't change.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  214. JoJo

    lol @ CNN trolling people with ethnocentrism. Of course people are going to respond. When will the human animal wake up?

    August 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  215. Bennycat

    Child marriage, honor killings, female genital mutilation. Explain to me one more time why multi-culturalism is a good ideal.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • saywaaat

      i asked a native american that very question,he said they let them judeo christians in and they took the whole darn continent for themselves and nearly wiped out all them natives.then i suppose the answer is no. 😉

      August 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  216. recieva

    Just as there are Christians who are ashamed of the actions of other Christians, there are Muslims who are ashamed of the actions of other Muslims. However, this is NOT only a Christian or Muslim problem. It happens in every tradition and religion. It's all sick.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Reply
  217. Dont fight each other

    Ok........1 Friends, I want to say that dont say anything wrong words to Islam. This issue is not regarding with ISlam or other religious. It depends on the culture!

    August 6, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
    • mike johnson

      Did not your prophet have his way with a girl when she was 9? ...

      August 6, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  218. recieva

    In any culture, try to imagine that you are a little girl who doesn't understand what is going on. She has an old man above her. She is terrified.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  219. william

    Think about it this way what if someone or a government had the right to tell people when they could get married and who they could marry.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  220. sherri990

    Yep, another sick Muslim belief. Child rape is ok. Another reason why the rest of the world needs to do something about Muslims. They are a sick group people whom think the rest of us needs to change to conform to their misguided beliefs. Wake up people. Muslims really think this is ok and they are proud of this.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • lorraine

      I often wonder why this "god" doesn't stop this. It makes me think "he" is just as sick for allowing this to happen. Especially to a defensless child.

      August 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  221. Erik the actor

    I concur on how gross, wrong and evil this is. Aside from that, thats some hard living country years! 40, he looks 60! I'm almost 40 and look like a cherub compared to him!

    August 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  222. Alex Baccari

    Christiane, besides educating the girls, I thing we need to start with the grown ups!!!! After all, they should be the ones to know better. But, when you watch women stoned to death, been raped, children missing, even parents killing they our daughter because she can bring "shame" to the family, I thing we need to put an stop to all this. How? By war? By diplomacy? Educating to those who don't thing what they do is wrong?

    August 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  223. Randy

    It doesn't matter if it happens overseas or in America, and it doesn't matter if it's a tradition. It's sick! I don't have kids, but if I did and someone did that to my daughter at the age of 11, I'd be on death row.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  224. mema

    This is a sad situation however, what is the answer when there are so many complex issues involved. Many of these families are poverty stricken, uneducated, deeply accustomed to tradition, and risk the unfortunate outcome of the child being a victim of rape. Yes I realize that for many this is rape, please bear with me a second. Should a girl in many of these cultures lose her virginity, regardless of how, she would either be killed due to family shame or be considered unworthy of a husband and treated as an outcast. Giving her off in marriage may serve as a sort of protection or insuring her a future. Girls in these cultures are not regarded as being of high value. In these countries and others, girls being sold into slavery is high as is human trafficking. In which case as horrible as this is, the alternative could be much worse. The solution to this tradition lies in education, alternatives for families of females, a drastic change in the value of women. None of these will happen soon enough, but it has to start somewhere. So sad.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
    • mike johnson

      .. balloni ... it is not complex at all ... it is their religion ... it is exactly the same as what their prophet did .. it is called pedophilia

      August 6, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Reply
      • Nada

        WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU SAYING!! Prophet Muhmmad married Aysha at the age of 6 BUT he didn't have any relations with her until she reached puberty at the age of 9 and at that time in arabia, girls would reach puberty very early because of the environnement and it was normal at that time even in western countries for girls to get married at that age. So actually by definition, Muhammed (PBUH) was a pedophile because he had relations with her only when she was ready for it and before that he used to treat her as a child race her and play with her.

        Here's a video explaining eveything about that, hope you would listen, if you want to.

        August 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  225. Farhan

    I think the important is the education in afghanistan

    August 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  226. mike johnson

    ..well, what do you expect ... their prophet is a pedophile so of course they are going to act the same way ... they think it is perfectly normal

    August 6, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  227. Sonya

    I am thoroughly disgusted by this story. I remember my daughter at five and how innocent and pure she was. She still is at 11. The thought of any man with his hands all over my daughter repulses me and I would fight to the death if necessary to protect he from anything like that. I understand it is tradition but most of these people do this for financial gain of some sort. Sacraficing daughters is very common in these parts of the world and it needs to stop. I look at that perverted old man with hi gross beard and the thought of him touching that little girl makes me want to gouge his eyes right out of their sockets!!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  228. recieva

    So wise, mema. For people who want to help, how and where?

    August 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  229. Thomas Hudson

    Ethnocentrism is judging another culture solely by the values and standards of one's own culture. Most of the posts prove what closed minds we have and explain why we cannot co-exist peacefully with others on this Earth. I maintain that America continuous ethnocentrism is why wars and 9/11 type events keep occurring. Regrettably I do no believe we will learn this lesson before a nuclear device is used by extremists. The truth is we don't have to judge and label – I am just as concerned about Al Quaida and Christian Extremists there is no difference. Educate on this child bride issue – Persuade – Do not condemn – Do not further alienate – Other people do things differently in this world – Stop being the fool that thinks our way is always better.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  230. recieva

    Thomas Hudson, but what if no one speaks up for these little girls? Do we sit back and watch as their terror continues?

    August 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • QB

      No sir your country has plans to furhter bomb and smoke them out which is also a crime if you think of it

      August 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  231. Joey

    What do you expect from a religion where the founder was a peadophile, Muhammad married an 8 year old, the sic basterd.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
    • QB

      I bet you have no comment on the marriage of Mary to Joshph, 11 years to 90 years old guy..

      August 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  232. humanity

    We all can sit,eat n sleep with peace while reading all these articles.But how many of us will join hands to save just one girl???I have seen girls who got married off at the age of 10 to men almost 70 years of age.They won't even know what's happening to them..On the wedding nights the gals mom or some other women gives milk with sleeping pills added to it so that the gals won't know the pain n the family gets almost 500$ by getting this girl married.The men uses her n when he's done he divorces her n goes to his next victim.....poverty does all this my dear fellow human beings...I am tired of this sick sick world..

    August 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  233. james

    Pedophilia is alive and well in Muslim countries. Just one of the many disgusting aspects of this non religion-philosophy of blood and control of the ignorant

    August 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  234. recieva

    Joey, why do you single out Muhammed? The founder of the Mormon religion in the US, Joseph Smith, was a pedophile and his cult continues his practice even today in the US.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Reply
  235. william

    A concubine is a woman in an ongoing, marriage-like relationship with a man whom she cannot be married to for a specific reason. It may be because she is of lower social rank (including slave status) or because the man is already married. Generally, only men of high economic and social status have concubines. Many historical rulers maintained concubines as well as wives.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  236. Jesparza

    Not that I'm defending the guy, but think about it. Why is it the human body goes through puberty at 11 or 12 years old? There's a reason why a girl starts ovulating at such a young age. And yes, people used to get married at 13-14 years old. It's just human nature. What I find unacceptable is a guy who is 30 years her senior marrying this little girl. When people used to marry in their teens, both the bride and groom tended to be around the same age. But this is going too far.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
  237. recieva

    Thank you, humanity. All that you say is true.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  238. bergus

    after 2 years in that craphole, the marriage isn't the thing that surprises me with these cave-dwellers. the thing that astounds me is that she was allowed to have her picture taken! i'll bet she's being beaten with a brick right now. joplin missouri, keep up the good work.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
    • bergus

      oh yeah, and i wish they'd do some useful reporting and tell us how much he PAID FOR HER! yes, this is also tradition. if you can't pay your bills, trade your daughter. you can call it a dowry if you want, but it's slavery from my eyes. AND WE'RE SUPPORTING IT!

      August 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  239. Yakobi

    Well, the prophet Muhammed WAS a child molester...

    August 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  240. JoeyR.

    Re:Comments By Moments Of Reflection:Firstly,as to your point that 'many ancient cultures' married at an early age.This is now the twenty first century,not the 12th,not the 13th,not the 14th.Furthemore,there are now universal standards of human rights.
    Enough with trying to make Islam this peace loving,woman loving,all welcoming religion.The examples of the opposite abound.The absolute disdain with which your religion treats women is known worldwide.Islamic culture or the Islamic religion itself,cannot be used as an excuse for the backwardness of this society.Indeed,muslims continually reject modernity,clinging with a vice like grip on to their 'ancient culture' and their hatred for the infidel or non-believer,not to mention women.

    Of course,your peace loving religion,guided by your peace loving(read:fake)prophet,says that it is permissible,and in some cases even encouraged,to kill the non-believer's–which,as in all peace loving religions,ensures you a place in heaven and in Allah's good graces.This,moreover,leads to the next point.

    In the end,one is left with no other choice but to conclude that Islam is predicated on violence and fear.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • QB

      No comment on marriage issue but why do you crazy people call this 20th century an example of peace and civilized when 20th century has seen the highest number of mass murder , wars and greed. World wars, nuclear attack on people and counting .. Maybe just because you are in peace so is the century you live in huh huuh

      August 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • Nada

      About in Islam killing people who are not Muslims, here;s a video that might explain you this issue:
      Try to listen and open up your mind instead of getting everything from your media.
      Actually you are saying that Prohet Muhammad (PBUH) was a pedophile so Momentsofreflection was explaining that at that time it was normal, but of course now it's unacceptable, I;m a muslim and i tell you it's ignorance and Islam is against ignorance as the first thing that was said in the Qur'an was "Read" first word to be said from ALLAh to His Prophet.
      And please stop judging Islam from what muslims do, you are right unfortunately that are very far from what Islam is but this has nothing to do with Islam at all.
      Read the qur'an and watch lectures about Islam so you would understand next time what kind of religion you are talking about.

      I'm a veiled muslim girl and i feel very free wearing the Hijab. Watch those videos maybe one day you understand :

      August 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • Nada

      Here's is a verse from the Qur'an: "Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not trangress. Indeed, Allah does not like trangressors".

      Here you go, tell me where's the violence about that. reply me if you have anything to say.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  241. william

    What age difference do you consider to be appropriate for two people to marry. Women are at the peak of their fertility when their 25. Men can still produce children up until their 80’s.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • bergus

      you obviously do NOT have any daughters. or soul.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  242. QB

    Yes this used to be acceptable in the old days and not now. One very popular marriage is that recorded in the Christian history is Mary 11 with Jhoseph 90 years old

    August 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
    • josetoyou

      I would like to see your reference for this "insight"...

      August 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  243. josetoyou

    The epitomy of "legalized" perversion...

    August 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  244. Crazy Yates

    There's no way that I can be convinced this is a good thing. It's disgusting.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  245. Mari

    Her face says it all....If looks could kill...this guy would be dead.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  246. william

    The average age of menarche in the United States is about 12.5 years.[9] In postmenarchal girls, about 80% of the cycles are anovulatory in the first year after menarche, 50% in the third and 10% in the sixth year.
    Women's fertility peaks in the early 20s, and drops considerably after age 35.
    Sperm count declines with age, with men aged 50–80 years producing sperm at an average rate of 75% compared with men aged 20–50 years.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  247. mohammed the pedo

    this sorta thing is what einstein had in mind when developing nuclear weapons

    August 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • Muhammad

      May Allah forgive me for not taking action against this sick crime. These cultist some in Islam and other religions such as the Christian in Ethiopia are totally wrong for molesting these girls. In real Islam, as is the custom in Arab family for centuries females are normally married at age 19.
      There is a falsehood going about the Prophet Muhammad, that he married an underage girl, his youngest wife Aisha was 19 as is the Arab custom first marriage of females in Arab families..
      These cultist use their suicide bombers and assassins to attack real Muslims who stand up for the real Islamic marriage.

      August 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
      • shiarose

        I totally agree with you about the age of aisha.She was not 6 or 9.The hadith which says this is shown to be weak....Also hadith says that she said "i was a young girl"....Not that she was 6 yrs old...Also those who were even 16 yrs are young girls.Girls are females who have not been with a man....
        Lol these ignorant fools use a weak hadith to justify their need to be with little girls...Seems they are so ugly that older women/virgins don't want they kids to control since they are easier....
        Those who criticize muslims about aisha forget that mary-mother of Jesus (pbuh)was only 12-13 when he(pbuh)was born and her fiancee was in his 50's....Those days it was normal to live like that but some insist on still living like in those days....
        Aisha also was his youngest wife....the other wives were divorced or widowed and older...One wife was even older than him(pbuh)if one look apart from Khadidja(pbuh) who was 15 yrs older than him(pbuh).....So if this guy of 40 yrs wanted to follow in Muhammed (pbuh)footsteps he should rather marry a widowed woman of 65 yrs.LOL.Cause Khadidja (pbuh)was 15 yrs older than Muhammed (pbuh)and she (pbuh)was his(pbuh)absolute favorite wife of all times....Why they only want to copy the marriage to aisha that she was socalled 6-9 yrs and not copy his(pbuh)marriage to khadidja(pbuh).....?.pedophelia....?It's sick what they do.We live in 2012 now...not year 600.

        October 19, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  248. David

    I'm wondering how many of the people so disturbed by this are Christians...and if so, at what age do they think Joseph and Mary were when they wed? Most scholars agree Mary had yet to reach menstruation and Joseph was middle-aged. This wasn't uncommon for most centuries of Jewish and Christian society and Jesus never spoke out against it. I am not advocating such perverseness; I'm not a Christian. I'm simply amazed, however, by the number of Christians who judge others for acts associated within their own beliefs.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • Zara

      Thank you! One sane voice / evalaution finally

      August 7, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
    • Zara

      Thank you! One sane voice / evaluation finally

      August 7, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
    • Elham

      I have read countless things on the Virgin Mary and never read that she had not yet reached puberty or that anyone had deduced such a thing from the little info we have on her particular biograpy, although it was assumed she was very young, about 15. There was, however, one work on the Virgin Mary that pointed out that Joseph could not have been an old man, because it was Jewish law at the time that a virgin under a certain age (I think 20) could not be married to a man more than 15 years her senior. That was startling–that a bunch of rabbis would have that much thought for the girl's feelings and her likely desire and need for a young and fit husband.

      The western men who seem to think it's "cultural" when a grown rapes a child are truly creeping this reader out. It makes me reconsider my resistance to the idea that child abuse is a widespread as they say it is. Or child porn.

      August 1, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  249. Al

    And this is why our troops are still over there, so that some sick 40 year old can marry an 11 year old. If this is not sick, then America has lost all their morality. What would happen if that were to be allowed to happen here, I don't want to even think about it, tradition is sometimes not the proper thing.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  250. Al

    And this is why our troops are still over there, so that some sick 40 year old can marry an 11 year old. If this is not sick, then America has lost all their morality. What would happen if that were to be allowed to happen here, I don't want to even think about it, tradition is sometimes not the proper thing. Anyone need a reason for throwing stones, this is one and it should be directed to the one with beard.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • QB


      August 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  251. cat

    Here in the South, I've seen preggers at 12, 13, 14 (with their 'boy friends") and those are "Christian" and with MS being top in teen pregnancy, one can say Abstinence isn't working (I wonder about STD's since those are not discussed either.)

    My Muslim friend who lives in Yemen and SF told me his daughter won't be marrying until she comes to her dad and tells him she thinks she's in love and asks him to check out a young man's family; after dad checks out the family he'll let her know and then contact the young man's family about setting up a marriage.

    Culturally there are lots of things done in other countries that we feel are awful–how about genital mutilation–it was only few years ago a couple and their 3 daughters were granted asylum because they were afraid the girls' grandmothers would abduct them from their home and take them to have genital mutilation. It goes on even today. Model Imman speaks out and donates $$ to education people about NOT doing such an attrocity to young girls.

    I remember when it was thought that Downs Syndrome was due to mom's egg age–now they know it is the age of the male and his sperm and not mom's egg age at all.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
    • devin

      Say what?

      August 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  252. william

    The age of a man does not really matter its the age of the woman that matters.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • Elham

      A great many "women" (it's actually children we're talking about here, for the most part) would disagree. You really need to ask them about it. Among Persians, elderly men who fathered children were described as putting bell on their coffins.

      August 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  253. recieva

    William, little girls have no idea and don't care about the the average age of menarche while they are being raped. They are too terrified and disgusted that a sick older man is hurting them, causing pain, violating them, ruining the rest of their entire lives.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  254. buster

    If you believe that one of the most basic fundamentals of ANY religion is to make life better and richer for those who practise, then this behavior is completely wrong. What type of love is this – raping young children in the name of ANY belief? Someone explain how this can ever be justified?

    August 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  255. william

    So older men are the only ones having intercourse with girls?

    August 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  256. devin

    There were also cultures and traditions that utilized child sacrifice.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  257. Selmers

    We should celebrate this diversity in cultural beliefs, right? Who am I to judge, right?

    August 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  258. Alfredo

    These pedophiles are sub human deviants that should be shot in the head. This pathetic culture that encourages pedophilia needs to be eliminated.....

    August 6, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  259. Arief

    it is sick and crazy tradition to follow. the human and country with no brain that still follow this tradition.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
  260. QB

    America will enforce gun control and bring in marshal law and never do anything about this story. soon you will forget this and led into another room. Have a good day sons of TV

    August 6, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  261. LindaJay23

    This girl needs to be rescued-so sad, poor baby. *feeling outrage*

    August 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
  262. recieva

    William, the discussion is about sick pedophiles.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  263. American middle-aged white married man

    Arranged marriage is TRADITIONAL marriage. This is the historical norm. Except that it used to be the king or local warlord had first go at the bride. American style divorce-oriented marriage is a sociological anomoly. True freedom will come only when state-sanctioned marriage is abollished altogether.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  264. Bill

    dont throw stones if you live in a glass house, no country or culture is perfect, and cultural laws are relevant to the region. What americans find normal here is considered barbaric in europe. does that make americans any less of a civilization?
    this country is less than 500 years old, these culture have been around for a greater period of time, we can't define what is acceptable on a global level, or what is even normal, our own culture has changed dramatically in the past century.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • william

      Seems like to me i remember a 15 year old king getting married to a 14 year old girl.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  265. jack frost

    This is what i dont get. USA supports the right to allow all these regions. but yet these regions support the right to wed 11 year olds (child abuse) not to bring up that this 11 year old will be raped by these 40 year olds. in a since USA is supporting of this. how messed up?

    August 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • AnnMB

      Why would you say the US supports this specifically? because we help stop genocide and promote democracy and come to the aid of oppressed people in this regoin of the globe, that translates to the US supporting this? Get a grip and new politics

      August 6, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  266. fred37ify

    Remember ! This is the religion practicied by the man in the White House ! THINK ABOUT IT !!!!!

    August 6, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • bergus

      yeah, obama declares to be a christian. yes, he has a muslim name, but he is not. I AM NOT pro-obama, but these are the facts. wake up before spreading your propaganda.

      August 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  267. holodeck

    ....its all a clever trick to create a negative tone in the atmosphere. Remember the dark Lord of the sith. I feel your hate....good ...good. The Dark side needs your hate to weaken the light within you. Think before you react. There's another hidden agenda beyond your present level of understanding. The World needs more LOVE, not hate. If you can't presently love at least try to not hate. Hate creates a perfect storm for the dark ones.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  268. Lsanchz

    This is heartbreaking and disgusting. I can't believe those pigs are allowed to do this to these innocent children. It shocks me that the parents let this happen to their babies. I don't care what kind of customs or traditions they have, why would they let this happen. Disgusting.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  269. mlr

    And for this – Hillary Clinton and Obama negotiate with the Taliban to turn back the rule of Afhanistan to them. SHAMEFUL!

    August 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
  270. McIver3

    The cases in Afghanistan are rape and torture of children. An adult forcing himself upon a child is sick, sick, sick. This practice should be outlawed. With respect to the arranged Hindu child marriages, putting two children together to create babies is an abomination should be outlawed as well. No wonder those countries are so poor. They are run by the uneducated.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  271. Linda

    These men are barbarians... Afghanistan prohibits girls from begin educated so they can continue to rape and brainwash these young children. this is outrageous and the government should protect these children. now if the 11 year old where to stab this pedophile in the eye she would be stoned to death.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
    • joe

      I would hardly call them "men"....FILTHY VERMIN would be a much better description......

      August 6, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  272. matchstick

    hey nada, what in the hell do you mean. your post sounds like you condone the rape of little girls. perhaps if you could have children you might see the injustice in this tradition. you suck

    August 6, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  273. william

    According to the Talmud a father is commanded not to marry his daughter to anyone until she grows up and says 'I want this one'.[6] A marriage that takes place without the consent of the girl is not an effective legal marriage.

    August 6, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  274. Muhammad

    May Allah forgive me for not taking action against this sick crime. These cultist some in Islam and other religions such as the Christian in Ethiopia are totally wrong for molesting these girls. In real Islam, as is the custom in Arab family for centuries females are normally married at age 19.
    There is a falsehood going about the Prophet Muhammad, that he married an underage girl, his youngest wife Aisha was 19 as is the Arab custom first marriage of females in Arab families..
    These cultist use their suicide bombers and assassins to attack real Muslims who stand up for the real Islamic marriage.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
  275. Thallab Almahshouri

    No matter where an individual and what cultural background he is from, It is not common practice to marry 11 years old. For every fact there is an exception, when feeding family member is a big burden in poor communities such acts might help people to live easier life. In civilized world child raring a child is not that inhumane act, when high scools girls get pregnant by thousands u turn blind eye. Moreover the act is accepted as long as it is adultry but, the agreed up on norms and values in other culture are inhumane in your opinion. Anyway what humane in your world? Abu Ghraib or, the death toll in Iraq & Afghanistan. Listen to who is talking.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  276. lorraine

    How disgusting, I think the reason these ugly old men marry these young girls is because the men know that when the girl is older, she can stand up for herself, when she is young, he can do what ever he wants to her. Can you imagine a very young girl with an ugly old man like that? Its against the young girls will. Its not about culture, its about power

    August 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
  277. Jerry

    Americans go on and on about "multiculturalism" while expecting ALL foreign cultures to adopt our mores and values at the expense of their own. This is the single most prominent reason America is hated around the world. While we may find the practice of marrying off young girls to adult men repugnant others do not. We outlaw it in America and then cry and complain when other cultures that have existed 500 or 1,000 years or more longer than ours fail to immediately fall in line with our ways. This ridiculous hubris is why al-Qaeda and other of its ilk exist: keep our noses in our own business and others would likely leave us alone.

    We have enough reprehensible behavior of our own to address inside our own borders and within our own culture. It is our duty to deal with these problems and to leave other people alone. We do best on the world stage as a shining example, not as an interfering bully.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
    • RoadRunner

      Jerry, a part of American does go on about "multiculturalism," and they know what it means, and honor, respect and foster it. Another part of America, the right-wing teabaggers and neo cons, make no attempt to cover their outright hatred and contempt of "multiculturalism, and consequently they do expect all other foreign cultures to march lockstep with their religious bigotry and christian hyposcrisy. They make to attempt to cover their hatred of the larger par of America, who does follow the life and teaching of Christ, e.g., Love your Neighbor as Yourself, etc., and they expect this America to bow to their god of blasphemy as well, not only ALL other foreign cultures. So the majority of Americans allow that others cultures have practices very different from ours, and understand that this would not be acceptable in our culture today. They also understand that these practice, child marriages, forced marriages especially among slaves, and so called Jim Crow laws, Dred Scott, autioning of human beings of another skin color was totally acceptable until on a few decades ago in the U.S. But these right wing Konservatives now like to see themselves as the only self-righteous bigots in the world. It is the right-wingers, whack nut Republicans that still enjoy forgetting their sordid past, while trying to justify themselves as the self-righteous arbiters of right and wrong to the majority of peace loving Americans, and to the rest of the world.

      August 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
      • Jerry


        I am a Conservative but, unlike most of my fellow Americans of either political leaning, I am sane and have no place in my life for fairy stories or those who believe them to be factual instead of allegorical. My first vote was cast for Reagan and I resent the hijacking of our Party by the "Religious (re: Irrational) Right". At the same time I cannot fathom the way the Liberals "inclusiveness by division" makes any sense except as a "divide & conquer" tactic to win elections. When it comes to multiculturalism, Democrats just pay it a little more lip-service than the Republicans; none really believe in it. I'm not sure anyone should within the borders of the U.S. We have OUR culture here; if you come here you should adapt or go home. When it comes to outside our borders, though, the ways they do things are their business.

        As for your use of "Christ" in your response: why is it that BOTH sides of an argument always like to cite the same insane historical figure as proof that their contrary viewpoints are correct ones when the citation only proves both to be equally irrational and insane?

        August 7, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  278. Name*Sophie

    This is so sad and what if the groom reads all of this what will he do to her now he is angered ? And i do think the law should step in. A lawyer should take her case on. It said a girl was granted a divorce at 10 so she can get out of the marriage.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  279. kole

    In islam every bad things happen and muslims claim that their religion is from god, good, pure etc. When their lust comes,they dont care even what age is the girl (like dogs do not care their partners ,,, ) , what need to say more? still you follow islam?? come out of darkness! Human life is more precious than such phobic religion. Truth hurts sometimes !

    August 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  280. Elizabeth

    We have the same thing in the US- remember the FLDS??

    August 6, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  281. gabriel

    muito idiotice

    August 6, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  282. gabriel

    esse cara é louco

    man is bed more, sou ,very bed.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  283. Kelcy

    Here we call them what they are....pedophiles.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  284. Danny

    We invade Iraq to liberate the people from their oil, but do nothing to these people? What morals our leaders have.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  285. PhilG

    This rite of marraige is a survival tactic in very poor nations.

    What this does is guarantee when the female child becomes able to have children,a man of means who has already been chosen can support the children this female child has.

    You can hum and haw all you want but the female human being becomes fertile between eleven and thirteen years of age.

    The reality in very poor countries is that where the food supply is very scarce-the females are not allowed to 'grow too old' to be pregnant out of wedlock.

    You can delude yourselves with your western judgements but I see millions of unwed female children in your cities that have no males taking care of them or their children.

    Look into your own neighborhoods before you judge these people in Afghanistan who live on practically nothing.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  286. Heather

    Religion, culture, traditions...all excuses to abuse and exploit others. How can these parents allow this to happen to their daughters???

    August 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  287. william

    According to some accounts, Mary was around 12-14 years when she was married to Joseph. It doesn't appear as if it was her choice. More like she was given to him. Joseph himself was thought to be much more elderly. Some guess he was in his forties, while some Roman Catholics say that he was as old as 90. It is likely that they say this to remove any doubt that Joseph may actually have been the father of Jesus.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  288. Marcel

    This girl got two more years of freedom than Mohammad's "wife" whom he started raping at nine years old. Nice religion of peace. Their leader was a slave-owning pedophile.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
  289. sara

    and this is different from 16 year old courtney stodden marrying 51 year old Doug hutchinson???

    August 6, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  290. rlm

    Obviously Cherie was forced into this and in order to live with it, she is convinced it is okay. This is sickening to anyone civilized.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  291. allahndollah

    You are all so self righteous hypocrites. You think your posts elevates you above these people while you vote for murderous abortions, and step over sick and dying poor people on your way to buy your next shiny bauble.

    These people are poor and uneducated, but they believe in a higher power with all their heart and mind while all you believe in is your weekend so you can indulge yourselves in your own immoralities.

    Even now you wish harm to these men who live as all their fathers of past generations have lived and have never driven a car and eat the same thing (if they are lucky enough to eat) day in and day out their entire lives, which are short and brutal.

    You could not fill these mens shoes for a day and yet you pass judgments like you are superior, but in fact you are not, you are all pathetic losers who will go on pointing the finger at less fortunates and continue to believe that you are better. You all live a life of temporary illusion.

    You people make me sick and I despise all of you.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • AGeek

      Huh. "Love they neighbor." I didn't realize that was merely a suggestion. I thought that was kind of the entire point. Guess I was wrong.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • kyomi

      Men men men men men - what about the females – your men would die out

      Think about the poor girls who wish they were dead – the girls who deserve to be treated better. I don't wish ill on those girls and those women.

      I don't wish ill on the poor and sick and weak on the ones without power.

      But I do wish ill on the abusers of power – on the selfish hypocritical so called pious men who force girls into this. It's wrong to worship men as you do – they are not better than women and they do not deserve such power over the women and girls.

      And that is for any man anywhere, any woman who abuses anywhere on this planet. All the ones who make excuses becauses of tradition or religion or because they have political priviledge or because they are priests, or scout leaders or coaches or guardians.

      anyone who abuses a child like that is a monster.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
    • Zara


      I agree with you. Its a cultural problem and its irresponsible media representation + Propaganda (subtle if i may say) + I have given up trying to make sense to people who have their hearts and minds closed off to the real problem but would really rather judge. Try taking a walk in the poverty struck streets of India or Africa to get a little teeny weeny gist of what people in the poverty struck regions go through and what actually goes on in their heads. I bet all of these men do this for the normalcy of their society and not really the perversion of the matter like in the cases of more evolved societies. I have been to India where girls have been beaten up for showing as much as their ankles and these people are not Muslims. And i think the Muslims (of the poorer regions) would act the same way too in India. Muslims or Hindus – one thing they all had in common was poverty + these were the same people who married their daughters as young as 11 and 13. But I do however emphatize with those who still dont get it –because not everyone is a Mother Theresa to love unconditionally and not everyone is interested in understanding the real root of the problem. (lets not even talk about addressing the issue when you cant even understand whats happening). I see most people here have a few things in common – To hate, hurt and they do care about the children in the world. I feel sad for Islam though. The irresponsible representation of the religion and the refusal to acknowledge its tremendous contributions and perks. But its ok because i have one motto – which is to not try to make sense to those who do not want to be made sense too. These people refuse knowledge but judge and then there are those who actually do not have a shot at getting more knowledge but get judged. Everything is connected. Maybe if other states leave their nation alone and let them prosper in terms of trade and as a nation and leave their national oil and their African gold alone and lets see if they still refuse education and remain the poorest in the society or if they start moving forward and onward.
      Mankind need humility.

      August 7, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply
  292. william

    Musa was Queen of Parthia c. 2 BC – AD 4. She is called as Thermusa by Josephus and is also known as Thea Urania (Astarte). She was a concubine given by the Roman Emperor Augustus (27 BC – 14) to King Phraates IV of Parthia (37–2 BC). Around the same time, Augustus recovered the eagle standards (Aquilae) lost by Marcus Licinius Crassus in the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC.

    August 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • william

      Musa (Arabic: موسى‎; meaning Drawn out of water), known as Moses in the Old Testament, is considered a prophet, messenger, lawgiver and leader in Islam[1]

      August 6, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  293. i_know_everything

    just following the prophet, nothing new to see here people, move along

    August 6, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      Sorry, that's "follow the profit"......

      August 7, 2012 at 12:43 am | Reply
  294. sam

    that is islam .... mohammads wife was 6 yer old & was with more then 70 womans

    August 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  295. rudenz


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  296. Neal

    Like many people say Americans cannot possibly be the policeman of the world. There are many different cultures in this world. Just let them be.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
    • Beth

      These men should be stoned

      August 6, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  297. Just Plain Common Sense

    Sadly, it happens in the US too ... in some Christian cults...
    Old men marrying young girls is nothing but pure abuse of a young soul in every way. Those men are animals and this is the only way they can have control over another human being

    August 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
    • william

      You mention old men marrying young girls but you don't mention old women marrying young boys.

      August 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  298. Inciteful

    Unconscionable! How can a moral person be expected to tolerate or understand cultures where men marry little girls? It's infuriating just reading about it! Western countries should not be aiding or supporting cultures where this acceptable.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  299. J House

    According to the multiculturalists and the kind of liberalism you see on university campuses. it is imperialism to go into other countries and changes their ways and customs...aren't they being disrespectful and intolerant of these indigenous peoples by pointing out this is 'wrong'?

    August 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  300. AGeek

    Ah yes, Abrahamic religions, the source of regressing societies everywhere. Seriously. I cannot think of anything that has crippled society and done more overall harm than religions. Intolerance, bigotry, misogyny, violence, and control over others. Such virtues to be upheld.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  301. John

    What can be done about this?

    August 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • algorelies

      why...send in the Marines!!! "We" must put a stop to this.
      Make sure your son is the first idiot in line when the plane lands...

      August 6, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  302. Jose

    Reminds me of how Abe Lincoln was a pedophile as well.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  303. pfharry

    Sounds like a place for Mitt and the mormons...... I hear they are now beginning to do "missionary" work in Africa. Young white boys are lining up to take the "missionary position".

    August 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  304. joe

    Huh...who would have thought that CHILD MOLESTERS can do as they please in other countries besides the U.S.?

    August 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  305. Jamie

    There you have it folks...Islam at its finest! Didn't Mohammed the prophet himself marry a 9 year old when he was 40??

    August 6, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  306. baccus

    I bet they searched and searched to find some Christian and Hindu examples to "balance" this story enough so that it wouldn't be too anti-religion of peace.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  307. kyle

    Sounds pretty biblical to me. Not sure what western christians are complaining about.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  308. Meg

    While this is not right in my mind.... I am not going to be like the ignorant people calling them child molesters and pedophiles.... this is their culture.... I do not condone but I am not going to be ignorant like many of you posting. They are used to this and it occurs many places around the world.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  309. Veritas

    Are you sure this was in Afghanistan and not Alabama? Just wondering.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  310. con

    liberal nazi sht promote evil and muslimre rape!

    August 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  311. Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

    Our beloved prophet married Ayesha when she was 6 years old. Muhammad(p) was 54 years at the time. But we have to remember that this union was decreed by Allah(SWT) and the marraige was solomnised in heaven.

    There are many historical reason why this marriage was allowed to take place. It was to forge ties between two tribes, invite people to Islam etc among many others.

    I see no problem in this practise because our beloved prophet Muhammad(p) himself had sanctioned this noble practise. And I am proud to be muslim, MashaAllah,.


    August 6, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • Mohd-the pig

      Mohd-these little girls are being rape. Justifying this practice under Islam is only bring Islam dishonor.
      There was a little 9yr old that was raped so bad from a 25yr old dog of a man that she bleed to death three days after the so called wedding. If you think that is okay go back to the cave you came from.
      You probably have a beardless boy on the side so there really can not be much of an intellectual conversation with you.....

      August 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
      • Nada

        we are not justifying anything we are replying to "Muhammad was a pedophile" that's all, of course as muslims we are totally agianst that kind of practice.

        August 7, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  312. george

    this guy deservs jail,, with all respect this religion,or culture is sick minded,,,,,and they ask why we hate them. freakin camel head.just look at his sick face,probably got a bomb straped to his body already.just in case the little girl wants to run away.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Reply
  313. Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi

    Hey, we muslims are not terrorists. Just read your own bible for a change. It is full of blood and gore. And there is child marriage in Bible too. Many of the prophets in christianity engaged in child marriage. jesus(who is our prophet) was born to Mary when she was 11 years old. Go read your bible. It is there in the Old Testament.


    August 6, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Reply
    • PeaceChild

      Mohd you ain't talking the truth. Read the bible and know the truth and the truth shall set you free. For example the bible encourages chasteness. Those chosen first amongst us to rule with Christ, we read in the bible, are virgins. In Christianity murderers are called murderers not matrys. Fundamentalist extremists are encouraged to live in the 21st century because this is now not the 1st century, and indeed you can live in the present, today, without sinning. People don't be quick to be angry with muslims, i think they need love, patience, prayers and more love. I am definitely not complete in Christ, but he is an encouraging symbol for mankind because of his love, peace, forgiveness of enemies, faith...etc

      August 7, 2012 at 7:53 am | Reply
  314. divad

    Finally I have learned where I need to be Dexter. I'm coming my bearded pedophiles, just go to sleep, don't worry, I know I won't find you any where near the showers, it isn't t
    he last Sunday of the month for you cave dwellers.

    You losers will have your day in dismemberment.
    Free the girls now or face the inevitable.

    Meg you are an enabler, and probably have been all your life.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  315. DarkMarcsun

    "And it's not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions."

    But not equally that's for sure.

    August 6, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  316. kyomi

    So sick of how the powerful abuse their power. If you behave this way toward children you are a monster – not pious and god's right hand – just an abusive monster. The nasty filthy "bridegrooms" should be lined up and shot and the children should be set free, and allowed the chance to be educated.

    NO REASON TO MARRY A GIRL TOO YOUNG TO PRODUCE BABIES – so unless their religious leader's child-wife of 9 (supposedly he waited until then – yeah right) unless that girl of 9 years could have a baby – he just lusted after her and raped her it had nothing to do with procreation.

    If those guys knew a firing squad were coming for them if they forced a child into marriage – most of this nonsense would stop in a generation, because they young girls could get an education and that would change the "boys" view of marriage to child-wives.

    Put the fear of death in them and they will behave better and control their lust

    August 6, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  317. humanity

    Stop all the fights n arguments n think as individuals without belonging to any religion!How much more socialised the human society is becoming r v becoming more nomadic?The pain n ill
    Feelings all these young girls go thru shud be discussed than Allah n Christ!Grow up!Fight against atrocities than fighting to prove the power n worth of each religion.
    MAn created religions
    Religion crated Gods n at the end of it ....
    Man,religion n the Gods divided n ruled the land.
    Treat earth as the mother...n nothing else shud matter
    She created us from her soil n v all r made up of soil....
    I believe in this truth!

    August 7, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply
  318. FatherOfGirls

    This is further proof that their society is still n the 1600's. They just don't know any better because they haven't been exposed to modern societies and it's a shame because this is terrible!!! We don't need to "respect the differences", we need to bring them up to what we've learned about basic civil rights and moral living. That poor girl. My god. What a backwards ass way to live.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
  319. Rick

    It's just legalized rape. To them, (the men) it's their way of exercising their hold over women. So they make it a religious law. They are still stuck in the Old Testament Bible.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
    • bLADE1975

      Bible? Umm Muslims don't follow the bible.

      Epic fail.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply
  320. die die


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  321. CHARLES

    All these disgusting excuses for "culture" are an abomination of human rights and dignity and ALL in direct violation of the UN Rights of the Child which these countries are all signatories to. They are in violation of international law. Those millions of poor kids are property, chattel in those "cultures" which are sociologically primitive and whose social and cultural morays are from the 11th century, not the 21st.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  322. bLADE1975

    And the joke about people saying Muslims have laws against child rape...

    What happens to a WOMAN who is raped?

    She's killed...

    Even if she's 9.

    Yep welcome to that whole real world and why those stil lliving in 1399 need to not be humored by the civilized world.

    No matter how many children they marry, force to have 7 kids each then strap bombs to their backs and blow up crowds. These people need to be... re-educated or removed from the earth.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
  323. pop

    Billy Joel married young woman.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply
  324. Susan

    And yet this religion is the fastest growing relgion in the world. Yikes!

    August 7, 2012 at 12:16 am | Reply
  325. a Muslim and proud

    just for your information this case is not related to Islam or any religion... this problem is from their societies as they have been doing this since ever ! am a Muslim and am sure that my religion does not teach us to do such crimes so i don't appreciate you saying Muslims must die or must be put in jail !!! every religion has different kinds of people ... so DON'T take every problem and put the blame on my religion (Islam<3)

    August 7, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • bigdakine

      What are you babbling about? Muhammed married Aisha when she was 6.

      August 7, 2012 at 4:50 am | Reply
  326. barbarian king

    stop their traditions and you stop their act , oh by the way... good luck with that..

    August 7, 2012 at 12:21 am | Reply
  327. fandancy

    He looks like a real charmer. I'm sure he used a smooth line like: What kind of candy do you like, little girl?

    August 7, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
  328. Becky

    It is abuse to us, but not in their culture. We should not and can not push our beliefs onto others.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:31 am | Reply
  329. Muslims_Smell_Awful

    she looks totally stoked

    August 7, 2012 at 12:31 am | Reply
  330. Sandra

    @Cherie So, marrying an 11 yr old girl to a 40 yr old man who will be climbing onto her after the 'wedding' is all right in your book? I recommend you sign yourself into therapy as soon as possible.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:34 am | Reply
  331. M

    Who are we to redefine marriage for their culture? Any culture?

    August 7, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
  332. Joel-B


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  333. Not From This Planet

    Enraged, enraged,enraged! I don't know if I should cry or vomit! We need to protect children, they are our future and our hope but we've failed this little one and all like her. What hope does she have now? To die? To be full of rage for the rest of her life? Ugh!

    August 7, 2012 at 12:38 am | Reply
  334. Phoenix bird

    Its not the religion, its the people.. I really truly hope things change in our world for good. Or else i hope the entire humanity gets wiped out..

    August 7, 2012 at 12:43 am | Reply
  335. Tom

    Exactly what is our govt trying to do in afghanistan? Help these morons do what?

    August 7, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
  336. monte

    i do not understand the logic behind these child marages. by the time the girl is old enough to physicaly bare children, the man will be old and feeble and will probibly have to use viagra. and if they do have children, the man will probibly die of old age before his child is a teenager. so in a culture where women are not allowed to get a job or drive a car, who is supposed to support this young bride and her children when the old buzzard kicks?

    August 7, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
    • Ed T Duck

      Logic? It's basically legitimized paedophilia.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
  337. Ed T Duck

    TLDR; The world is full of barbarians.

    What is new?

    August 7, 2012 at 12:52 am | Reply
  338. mork

    Frikken DISGUSTING Pedophile religions

    August 7, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
  339. lakshmi

    I'm a Hindu.This practice of child marriage (which is illegal in India and both the bride’s & groom’s parents will land in jail along with the wedding party!!) may be prevalent among Hindus of North India but not among the Hindus of South,nor it has been sanctioned by our religion …so this thing has nothing to do with religion…it is more about the mind set of the people.So stop vilifying any religion for this practice

    August 7, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
  340. happytobehere

    Everything on this page makes me sad. Both the article and the vitriol spewed between commentors at each other.....

    August 7, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
  341. Cherries

    The only way to solve this in the future is to try to change the minds of the men. You can't just go and shout that they're wrong, because they'd just shut you out. You'd have to convince them that its to THEIR benefit to wait a while to do what they do. Example: 'she woud have a better chance of surviving during childbirth if she were older, therefore she'd live longer to serve you,' or 'if you don't do her so young, she has a better chance of concieving when she's older.' You can tell them about the damage to the girl/woman, but they obviously do not care.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
  342. Jack

    It could be a sad tragedy ~ feel so pity for the 11 years old girl ~ She deserve to have education but not marriage to a 40 years old man ~ Wonder stil have how many cases like this one. Wish that it could stop soon ~ Perhaps I may get a Kechara Wish Fulfilling Chakras so this dream will comes true ~

    August 7, 2012 at 1:09 am | Reply
  343. DrJames

    Off with his penis!

    August 7, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
  344. Schwitzer

    Yemen and Afghanistan are stiil primitive societies no matter in XXI century. Ty to understand them thru the logic and humanism of our culture is a sensless effort. Some tribes in Papua-new Guinea are more willing to integrate themself in a a modern society als those countries.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
  345. george

    Disgusting!!! I see we did a lot of good over there [sarcasm] Nothing has changed, and nothing will change over there.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:14 am | Reply
  346. Mauricio Pinto Aguilar

    I like to quote the thought of a philosopher " Homen homini lupus est " meaning:" Humans are the wolves of humans" is beyond of my understanding the evilness of some people.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:18 am | Reply
  347. Faith Ash

    To Cherie Where does it say that either practise is acceptable?? Why does it have to be a choice ?? Both are wrong no debate.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:21 am | Reply
  348. FedUpwithLA

    Good luck trying to change this culture! It's kind of like asking the Taliban to put down their AK-47s. I was taught in college to be "more diplomatic." Is this just yet another example of "American aggression" and "cultural misunderstanding"? You bet it is! By the time they are 15, they are old women in their culture! Here in America, by the time girls are fifteen, they are already on birth control, so which evil is worse?

    August 7, 2012 at 1:21 am | Reply
  349. moka mee

    how disgusting just figures with religious zealouts, un educated, inbred, pedophyles

    August 7, 2012 at 1:28 am | Reply
  350. trh

    These people are disgusting. My boyfriend is in the military and was stationed in afghanastan and told me of the disgusting things these "men" do... he told me it is common knowledge that women are for babies and boys (little boys) are for pleasure. Take that as you wish. I am aware that these terrible things happen in our own country but at least it is not covered over with a thin sheet and practiced as common "culture" here. Education has nothing to do with it, many child molesters and rapist in our own country are well educated. These men need chemical castration, or shot. And yes I'm a right wing conservative and damn proud!!

    August 7, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
  351. JPoet

    It's NOT such a small world after all.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:38 am | Reply
  352. Islam4fools

    Is that a picture of Islamic prophet Mohammad with 9 year old Aisha?

    August 7, 2012 at 1:41 am | Reply
  353. Ummmmm

    For anyone that thinks any culture in any time period to think that they waited as practice versus it being a pleasant thought or idea for contemporary peoples, I am sorry to disappoint you; but, no, they did not. They did not wait to sleep with little girl wives in Europe, OR in the Middle Eastern, OR India, or anywhere else, not in history, and not today. Get your arrogant heads out of your rears. You are not superior, neither is your culture or ancestry, and it is not about you, it is about the kids going through this. Such naive, prejudiced arguments are very disgusting as it cheapens the girls' experiences based on their ethnicity, geographic location, or race and it's an incredibly selfish perspective.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:42 am | Reply
  354. ug

    What do you expect from a backward country...

    August 7, 2012 at 1:44 am | Reply
  355. Jeanette

    I'm sick and tired of hearing the "life expectancy"-excuse. Why is it that there is never a problem with the men's life expectency? Men went to war. But they are all over 40 when they marry these little girls! Why don't they get married when they are 11? Yes, many women did die during child birth, but could it have been that the reason was that they were 10 years old and their bodies weren't ready to pop out children?

    August 7, 2012 at 1:48 am | Reply
    • johnny

      Old enough to conceive then old enough to 'pop' out children.

      August 7, 2012 at 2:01 am | Reply
  356. Herby Sagues

    > She is one of the 51 million child brides around the world today. And it's not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions.

    Why say "cultures and regions" instead of "religions" which is what it really means? Because all these child marriages are always supported by a religion, and it is religion what gives these perverts the support they need to do such things, knowing that if questioned they can always point to some holy scripture to support their acts (a technique that also works for other crimes). Religion gets a pass on things nothing else could.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:50 am | Reply
  357. johnny

    As much as I disagree with a 40 year old man marrying a child it is none of my business when it is acceptable in their culture. So stfu.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
  358. US Times

    This isn't marriage. That's just a guise for the most heinous form of child abuse. Consenting adults allowing this atrocity on children.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
  359. masoud

    Poor girl
    She is married with fossils.
    I do not respect female rights in Afghanistan. And their slave girls.
    They can be happy? They are in love?

    August 7, 2012 at 2:25 am | Reply
  360. Muhammad Saleem Ehsan

    totally wrong She is one of the 51 million child brides around the world today. And it's not just Muslims; it happens across many cultures and regions

    August 7, 2012 at 2:28 am | Reply
  361. Greg Halverson

    This is an archaic vestige of a culture that has no place in a conscientious world. What a pathetic man and act...
    keep in mind that the Taliban and Al Qaeda support this deficient and degrading placement of young girls.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
  362. bud tarken

    Sounds like the Mormons. I'm sure Mitt Romney has known a few wierdo's like this that the cult at time deemed okay to marry little girls.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:59 am | Reply
  363. Mass

    I am a muslim and this isnt the proper way of marriage since the girl doesnt even wantto get married the first place.. un-islamic like

    August 7, 2012 at 3:02 am | Reply
  364. Aardie

    These people gladly sell their daughters off to child rapists?!? Time to get out of Afghanista.

    August 7, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
  365. aadddiieee

    they call themselves muslim shame on these such peoples who not only ruins a girls life but also leads themselves to the burning flames of hell ....

    August 7, 2012 at 3:11 am | Reply
  366. kariyaFC

    Religion is not the determining factor for such sad practice. Poverty is.

    August 7, 2012 at 3:17 am | Reply
  367. Paul C.

    Men are evil! Blah blah blah. I'm glad they talked about the fact that this happens to boys, too (at the end of the clip). Surely this is taking advantage of culture. A perversion of it, in fact.

    August 7, 2012 at 3:28 am | Reply
  368. raza

    why UN not try to stop these incidents?

    August 7, 2012 at 3:32 am | Reply
  369. Roman

    Muslims who strap bombs on them are "not good muslims", muslims who marry "10 yrs old brides" are not good muslims, muslims who "stone women to death" are not good muslims.
    These muslims are the most known around the world, so where the fawk and what the fawk are the good muslims?!

    August 7, 2012 at 3:38 am | Reply
    • dfjermestad

      Look around you. They are everywhere.

      August 7, 2012 at 4:07 am | Reply
    • Nada

      Simply my reply is that you do not want to see, nor hear, nor know about good muslims!!! You have sick stereotypes in your head vehiculated by media and you don't want to hear about anything else. The problems is yours, good muslims are not supposed to show up and tell you hear Im'!!! I you want to see good muslims you'll see.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
  370. Melisa

    This is plain wrong and horrible, the ignorance behind this is amazing. It just sicks my stomach to read this type of news, and the worst is, there is nothing we can do about it. For most of these countries we women are just a piece of meat.

    Are they really so afraid of us they allow this to happen?

    August 7, 2012 at 3:46 am | Reply
  371. haron kombe

    this is very sad situation i wish the human right watch could have shed a light into that

    August 7, 2012 at 4:00 am | Reply
  372. Ben Marble

    What is really sad is that the media never mentions the fact that Mohammad was in his 50's when he married 6 year old Aeisha aka the 'mother of Islam' & consumated it when she was 9 i.e. Mohammad was a PEDOPHILE. This information comes directly from the Quran and Islamic hadiths so do NOT shoot the messenger!

    August 7, 2012 at 4:05 am | Reply
    • Roman

      Correct. This makes the "father of Islam" the father of pedophilia, so I guess this is what "good muslims" do.

      August 7, 2012 at 4:29 am | Reply
  373. Jason8

    Religion is the real problem... its been holding back science, knowledge and education for many centuries ( not always the case) religion enshrines cultural doctrine and makes it ok for such practices to occur. EDUCATION IS KEY

    August 7, 2012 at 4:15 am | Reply
  374. larry5

    This is just Muslims being Muslims. The more that come to America the more they will come out of the closet here and act like themselves. Honor killings are as bad as married little girls.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:18 am | Reply
  375. Frank

    Mohammed the “prophet” took a bride at the age of 47 the girl was just 6 years old. Mohammed is regarded by Muslims as the last prophet from god. He consummated that marriage when the girl was just 9 years old This was disgusting then but it still goes on in the name of god. Gods only excuse he does not exist..........

    August 7, 2012 at 4:23 am | Reply
    • ihtsham

      its wrong my friend, she was engaged at 11 and wed at 17.
      try to dig more and read about Islam, Soon you will be aware of the right path.
      Stop this hate. people like you are a cause of wars amongst nations.

      August 7, 2012 at 4:39 am | Reply
      • Frank

        It is written: Aisha was six or seven years old when betrothed to Muhammad. Traditional sources state that she stayed in her parents' home until the age of nine when the marriage was consummated with Muhammad, in Medina.

        Your facts have been twisted to fit. I do not hate anybody or cause wars it would seem some Muslims have cornered that one and making a good job of hate and killing.

        August 7, 2012 at 5:16 am |
    • Hatif

      Hypocrisy of Jews & Christians
      Joseph, Mary's husband, was "90 years old" when he married 12 to 14-year old Mary!Was he too a pedophile?
      Not only was it a custom in the Arab society to Engage/Marry a young girl it was also common in the Jewish society. The case of Mary the mother of Jesus comes to mind, in non biblical sources she was between 11-14 years old when she conceived Jesus. Mary had already been "BETROTHED" to Joseph before conceiving Jesus. Joseph was a much older man. therefore Mary was younger than 11-14 years of age when she was "BETHROED" to Joseph. We Muslims would never call Joseph a Child Molester, nor would we refer to the "Holy Ghost" of the Bible, that "Impregnated" Mary as a "Rapist" or "Adulterer". " is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age...."
      Talmud (Jewish scripture) says:

      "Marrying off one's daughter as soon after she reaches adulthood as possible, even to one's Slave. (From the Talmud, Pesachim 113a)"

      As we discussed, in biblical times adulthood could refer to the age of Puberty or even younger age.

      Regarding the Marriage of Mary to Joseph, Catholic Encyclopaedia (,

      August 7, 2012 at 8:43 am | Reply
      • michael

        the difference is that Mary remained a virgin.

        August 7, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  376. pbernasc

    II thought pedophilia was illegal ...

    August 7, 2012 at 4:25 am | Reply
  377. Hofinder General

    "b) Before the prophet married Ayesha, SHE WAS ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED TO a MAN named – Jubair bin Mutim."

    Sounds like she was a player then?

    August 7, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply
    • Nada

      A player because she was ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED??? I can understand that you don't get some points of Islam or actuallly you give yourself a chance to understand but i don't get the total irrespect you show to other cultures!!!!! Honestly, I don't know how you call yourself educated and open-minded people.
      Go look at your country where divorce is the rule and go look at the tons of girlfriends boys get and the same for girls, and pregancy and all. I don't think this is better.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
  378. sugar

    For those among the gallery thinking it's a matter of education, I would just like to say... I asked my four year old if she wanted to marry her daddy's best friend. She made a gagging noise, threw her bear at me and is currently looking for her wand so she can "spell me".

    She's never been to school yet she thinks it's a bad idea. Hm.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:30 am | Reply
  379. Muhammad

    In the Name of Allah forgive me for not taking action against this sick crime. These cultist some in Islam and other religions such as the Christian in Ethiopia are totally wrong for molesting these girls. In real Islam, as is the custom in Arab family for centuries females are normally married at age 19.
    There is a falsehood going about the Prophet Muhammad, that he married an underage girl, his youngest wife Aisha was 19 as is the Arab custom first marriage of females in Arab families..
    These cultist use their suicide bombers and assassins to attack real Muslims who stand up for the real Islamic marriage.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:35 am | Reply
  380. Roger smith

    this was never normal in any society. liberals like to say it was noram way back when but that is lie it has never been considered normal.

    the father of moehammerhead 6 year old bride did not think it was normal, moehammerhead as the prophet had to explaain to the father of his pedophilic love that in islam such unions are ok, he ad a revalation from allah telling him so.

    for every perversion that moehamerhead had he conveniantly had a revalation from allah to tell his people that it was ok.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
    • ihtsham

      its wrong my friend, she was engaged at early age and wed at 19.
      try to dig more and read about Islam, Soon you will be aware of the right path.
      Stop this hate. people like you are a cause of wars amongst nations.

      August 7, 2012 at 4:41 am | Reply
  381. WillH85

    Why do we bother trying to civilize these cavemen? I know America has its problems but socially accepting pedophila is not one of them. These people are beyond help.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:53 am | Reply
  382. Sandra

    I find it extremely amusing that people are ignoring the fact that this article states that Muslims AND Christians AND Hindus are guilty of this disgusting practice. If you're part of religion, ANY religion, you're part of the problem. Very glad that I & my husband are Atheists and did not foist religious garbage upon our children. Do not teach your children WHAT to think. Teach them HOW to reason.

    August 7, 2012 at 4:54 am | Reply
  383. John

    Dear Sandra, another group of living things that are atheist are animals too. They cannot have the capacity to reason and accept the existence of God. Any way back to the topic. I think it is nothing but lust that drives child marriages. It is really a case of child abuse.

    August 7, 2012 at 5:36 am | Reply
  384. timothy

    nothing unusual. the prophet himself married an even younger one. and God conveniently willed it.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:58 am | Reply
  385. Joblow

    Another pointless story about a sad country with sick principles. Knowing has changed nothing, don't need to hear about another pedophile marriage

    August 7, 2012 at 7:13 am | Reply
  386. william

    Here we have 25 and 35 year old teachers having intercourse with 10 year old students. One 80 year old married a 20 year old. And they all have something in common their all women.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:25 am | Reply
  387. Jimbo

    Stop importing food to these animals. We shouldn't be keeping alive an entire continent of people who continue to act like animals. Allowing these adults to continue to act in uncivilized ways towards children is EVIL. We have every right to wage a war against these people.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply
  388. leuf

    hang him, then decapitate him, quarter him and dissolve the rest in acid

    August 7, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
  389. william

    I wonder why this article addresses men and girls but does not address women and boys. Surly there are some women doing stuff with boys in Afghanistan.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:08 am | Reply
  390. crazy.honest

    Muslims look at America where 1:3 women are raped at some point in their life, and think that we are sick and perverted.
    The world looks at America's divorce rate of 50% (the highest in the world) and knows that our culture is dysfunctional.
    The article shows that the young brides are surprised in America that there are single teenage mothers.

    These stories highlight the problems in other cultures. They distract us from our own failings.

    Jesus taught us to pull the log from our own eyes before we remove the speck of dust from from our neighbor's eye.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
  391. Jon

    How old was Mary when she gave birth to Jesus ?

    August 7, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
  392. william

    In keeping with Jewish custom, the betrothal would have taken place when she was around 12, and the birth of Jesus about a year later.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
  393. Hatif

    Hypocrisy of Jews & Christians
    Joseph, Mary's husband, was "90 years old" when he married 12 to 14-year old Mary!Was he too a pedophile?
    Not only was it a custom in the Arab society to Engage/Marry a young girl it was also common in the Jewish society. The case of Mary the mother of Jesus comes to mind, in non biblical sources she was between 11-14 years old when she conceived Jesus. Mary had already been "BETROTHED" to Joseph before conceiving Jesus. Joseph was a much older man. therefore Mary was younger than 11-14 years of age when she was "BETHROED" to Joseph. We Muslims would never call Joseph a Child Molester, nor would we refer to the "Holy Ghost" of the Bible, that "Impregnated" Mary as a "Rapist" or "Adulterer". " is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age...."
    Talmud (Jewish scripture) says:

    "Marrying off one's daughter as soon after she reaches adulthood as possible, even to one's Slave. (From the Talmud, Pesachim 113a)"

    As we discussed, in biblical times adulthood could refer to the age of Puberty or even younger age.

    Regarding the Marriage of Mary to Joseph, Catholic Encyclopaedia (, says:

    August 7, 2012 at 8:44 am | Reply
  394. Alejandro

    Although this is really disgusting but only for our modern standards. Remember this has been going for hundreds and hundreds of years. It is only recently, and of course by that I mean decades , that is it frown upon by western and more "advanced" societies. But to those who know Christianity, you must remember that Virgin Mary was only 13 or 14 when she gave "birth" to Jesus. Back in those days it was the norm and I think also the rule.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:45 am | Reply
  395. Peace1

    It's perfectly OK to hand out condoms to 11, 12 or 13 year old girls to prevent unwanted and out-of-wedlock teen pregnancies but if an older man MARRIES a younger girl (which BTW is a rare occurance in any society) then that crosses the line.

    Screwed up priorities !!

    August 7, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  396. zaw win hlaing


    August 7, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
  397. karbvi

    these muslims are animals and need to be put down.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • Peace1

      Obviously you did not read beyond the headline. Majority of child marriages take place in sub0saharan Africa or India. Google and check it for yourself.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • Hatif

      Hypocrisy of Jews & Christians
      Joseph, Mary's husband, was "90 years old" when he married 12 to 14-year old Mary!Was he too a pedophile?
      Not only was it a custom in the Arab society to Engage/Marry a young girl it was also common in the Jewish society. The case of Mary the mother of Jesus comes to mind, in non biblical sources she was between 11-14 years old when she conceived Jesus. Mary had already been "BETROTHED" to Joseph before conceiving Jesus. Joseph was a much older man. therefore Mary was younger than 11-14 years of age when she was "BETHROED" to Joseph. We Muslims would never call Joseph a Child Molester, nor would we refer to the "Holy Ghost" of the Bible, that "Impregnated" Mary as a "Rapist" or "Adulterer". " is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age...."
      Talmud (Jewish scripture) says:

      "Marrying off one's daughter as soon after she reaches adulthood as possible, even to one's Slave. (From the Talmud, Pesachim 113a)"

      As we discussed, in biblical times adulthood could refer to the age of Puberty or even younger age.

      Regarding the Marriage of Mary to Joseph, Catholic Encyclopaedia (, says:

      August 7, 2012 at 10:14 am | Reply
    • Hatif

      You are a sick person dude!! Hypocrisy of Jews & Christians
      Joseph, Mary's husband, was "90 years old" when he married 12 to 14-year old Mary!Was he too a pedophile?
      Not only was it a custom in the Arab society to Engage/Marry a young girl it was also common in the Jewish society. The case of Mary the mother of Jesus comes to mind, in non biblical sources she was between 11-14 years old when she conceived Jesus. Mary had already been "BETROTHED" to Joseph before conceiving Jesus. Joseph was a much older man. therefore Mary was younger than 11-14 years of age when she was "BETHROED" to Joseph. We Muslims would never call Joseph a Child Molester, nor would we refer to the "Holy Ghost" of the Bible, that "Impregnated" Mary as a "Rapist" or "Adulterer". " is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age...."
      Talmud (Jewish scripture) says:

      "Marrying off one's daughter as soon after she reaches adulthood as possible, even to one's Slave. (From the Talmud, Pesachim 113a)"

      As we discussed, in biblical times adulthood could refer to the age of Puberty or even younger age.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
      • digusted with child abuse

        call it what you want..yes..pedophiles/molesters sick freaking people all th way back then..never going to right

        August 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
  398. Alvin

    If you practice this.I know you are a very sick person and nothing coming out your mouth is worth listening to.I want you put away with no chance of freedom.Think of the misery you cause these young girls.With luck some man in prison will let you become their BRIDE!!!

    August 7, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
  399. Joe

    The world is a sick place.Best believe it.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
  400. Vincent

    What do you expect from people practicing what their Leader did? Prophet Mohammed. it is very bad that muslems don't want to wake up.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • james

      cant u see. Its not just happening within muslims. hindus christians and many other religions and cultures are involved. why are u blaming muslims only. By the why all muslims r not like this. there are always some bad and some good people in all religions.

      August 7, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • real_person

      Happens in all religions, all parts of the world. Child indoctrination (by marriage in this case) is also used by religions to promote their ideology. (Sunday school...)

      August 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Reply
      • digusted with child abuse

        gutta love religion bahhhhhh

        August 7, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  401. jasy

    I hope he suffers from erectile dysfunction for the rest of his life

    August 7, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • james


      August 7, 2012 at 11:44 am | Reply
  402. ramblingbog

    Reblogged this on ramblingbog.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  403. cptObvious

    All the males over there need to be wiped out, it is the only way this will stop. They are too far behind to catch up, we are taking at least 1000years.

    August 7, 2012 at 11:59 am | Reply
    • Shelly

      cptObvious, I think you need to check history lol I do genealogy work and have found that early immigrants to the US in the early 1700 were given "Newcomer provisions" on the trip over and if they couldnt pay were either sold as indentured servants or if you were a young unmarried girl (as young as 14) married to someone who could pay for your provisions. Many families were seperated this way. This was done out of neccesity for the early immigrant. Behind the times, yes. But by 1000 years NO. Have a little faith in humanity, practices can change. People can make better choices. There a a whole bunch of people on here who need to start that change, by loving your fellow man no matter what beliefs they have.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  404. Shelly

    The comments on her sicken me as much as the child bride practice. HATE HATE HATE! Did any of you read the article, the purpose of it was to change things, not to insight HATE. Name calling and sterotypes do not help the situation. I see this and I will pray for the children and the people who practice this. If it is all you have ever known, although it may be wrong, they dont see it that way. So I will not HATE, I will pray for change.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  405. real_person

    why- child indoctrination... very powerful method of control and brain washing.

    August 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  406. Asad Khan

    its a horrible..................................& shame full for our the child marriage.

    August 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  407. digusted with child abuse

    those people over there are all sick in the head, and should be castrated and stoned..and anyone that allows it elders/parents..who the eff ever!! I think their towels are wrapped wayyyyyyyyyyyy to tight.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  408. Ragu

    Specifying religion on this article is not necessary as this custom is bound to the REGION not RELIGION. But any news against Muslims sells fast. Author has to make a living too.

    August 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  409. I Am The Beast Sssotlohiefmjn

    My mother was about 15 and my father about 22 when they married. I am an American from American born Americans USA.
    In the 1940,s Judges were able to marry people younger. I think it is a cultural issue, my own preference is that a women by at the very least 17 to engage or wed. In Scotland they can marry at 16 and I guess it is OK over there, here it is 18. Afghan men associate their wives as blessing given them by God, they must have money and herds to have them and the respect they seek of their kind in that.

    August 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • william

      In the USA the legal age to marry is 16.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
  410. The youth

    U R IDIOTS!!! I'm no older than these girls and I truely think this is sick, but I don't go pointing fingers at any religion. At my school i have met some of the nicest kids, and guess what? THEY ARE MUSLIM! So all of you facist bigots get off of your high horse! This has to do with poverty and culture. You are ditracting from the real tragedy, those pooor girls, by spewing hatred and ignorence across the message board! I'm a 14 year old girl and all of you "adults" disgust me! And everyone bringing catholosism into the pricture, really?! As practicing catholic, I have no words to express my horror and revulsion. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH CHRISTIANITY! What did we ever do to you?
    Also, every one saying , oh in history this was all okay, true, but it was hundreds of years ago! This is 21 centruy! It is not okay now! For all those christians who have all this things to say about the islamic religoin, Jesus said love everyone! Not just your own religion!
    You people sit and argue with eachother and ignorewhy u got on the message board in the first place! thos poor little girls and those old, sick perverts! Please don't trash and hate eachother, but focus on the few pathetic excuses of "people" out there

    August 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  411. Ted

    With allies like that who needs enemies? SICK!

    August 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  412. KB

    This blogger should have offered statistics on how frequently this occurs in these societies and CNN should stop allowing bloggers to post slanted reports and present it as news. This is why CNN has become the laughingstock of the news industry.

    August 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Reply
    • RS

      Barbarian traditions in primitive cultures are to be exposed. CNN is right to do it.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  413. Niels

    This certainly takes "Old enough to be her dad" to a whole new level...

    August 7, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  414. Thomasina

    People, this is THEIR culture. We can't do anything about it. Just because we don't think it's right, that doesn't mean they don't think it's right. Let them do what they want.

    August 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • william

      In the USA why do people go to jail for something that people are allowed to do in other countries.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
      • Natalia

        Why are you asking? You want a child bride or something? Gross.

        August 17, 2012 at 9:44 am |
  415. MK

    I find all of your opinions fascinating. I myself feel disgusted and sadden by these cultural practices. With that sad though can we stop with the "you people." It is racist. Be respectful in expressing your thoughts and feelings. The addition of the word "you" changes everything in a negative way.

    August 7, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
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  417. mambo patience

    This is a horrible situation to talk about. This is child abuse.

    August 8, 2012 at 4:38 am | Reply
    • pianki

      Locking children up in prison for life is child abuse would you say?

      August 8, 2012 at 5:34 am | Reply
  418. Chino

    freakin' 'culture' of pedophiles...

    August 8, 2012 at 4:47 am | Reply

    What about the Mormon fundamentalists in Utah?? why only show muslims?? Typical america, airing out everyone else, but not showing themselves...

    August 8, 2012 at 5:22 am | Reply
  420. Kank

    This is a very true story and its really sad, what these men and families doing to these yound kids its horrible and dangerous... most often these are abused in these marriages and have no freedom of speech at all... This form of practice most happens especially around the northern parts of the Africa, which I very much know because I see it everyday, I'm studying in one them, Algeria.
    I'm really happy for what Sinclair is doing, SHE IS SAVING THE WORLD . May God bless her, and give her all the courage... I'm real proud of her for her contribution in helping making THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE!!

    August 8, 2012 at 5:45 am | Reply
  421. Chris

    This is really sick. Arabs are really strange people. Child marriage, wars, terrorism.

    August 8, 2012 at 6:27 am | Reply
  422. william

    Both men and women marry girls and boys in all countries and people from all religions do it and it has been occurring for thousands of years. One thing people have not mentioned is why they think it is wrong.

    August 8, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
  423. 212

    This is quiet terrible and unbecoming of Islamic world, you all talk about Afghan, Yemen, but what about Africa where Islam is practice. it the same across Arab world.
    What a SHAME!

    August 8, 2012 at 7:56 am | Reply
  424. william

    Religions talk about Joseph and Mary all day long but what they fail to mention is how old Joseph and Mary were when Jesus was born.

    August 8, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
  425. Emily

    Hmmmmm it isn't just Muslims who practice this horrific 'tradition'?? Christians and Hindus do too?? Seems to me like religion is a common denominator here! Of course coupled with (as previously mentioned many times) a widespread lack of education. Just imagine a world where these Muslims, Christians and Hindus were educated and UNreligious!! Morality, rationality and sanity might actually prevail.

    August 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  426. baw

    Mohandas Ghandi was married to Kasturba when he was 13 and she was 11, IIRC.

    August 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  427. benandjerrygirl

    Reblogged this on Benandjerrygirl's Blog and commented:
    Wrong, wrong, wrong.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:23 am | Reply
  428. jebril

    What about the girls who ve been raped from the american beast in Afgahnistan ,Irak.... this world is so dirrty because of you american and israelis .... American killed over 2 millions citizens in Irak and 800000 in Afgahnistan ; more than 80% were women and children ... so who are the terrorist ???

    August 9, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
    • RS

      Pedophilia is no excuse for somebody's else crime.

      August 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  429. claudia

    this old monkey is a disgusting child molester

    August 9, 2012 at 9:58 am | Reply
  430. Michele

    Wherever women and girls are abused and exploited, they need our advocacy. But it is undeniable that these abuses happen most often in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Less so in developed countries where both genders are free to follow their dreams. Gratefully, this project shines the light on a practice that is evil, and needs the light of freedom and empowerment shed upon it. Check out She Is Safe for great interventions. The more we focus on providing education and economic opportunities for girls and women, the more these practices will fade.

    August 9, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
  431. tynavayalil

    Reblogged this on Evolution of thoughts and commented:
    Over 100 Million girls in the developing will be married during the next 10 years.

    August 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  432. Jodie

    This is terrible! what a shame!
    I agree with you Michele...

    August 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  433. Hmm

    It is all about education, poverty and traditions. Their traditions, their culture, their ways have to be changed if you want to stop this. Religion can`t do anything with that. All gods are only pupets created by people to control other people. And moreover very often, religion plays inportant part that even support this behaviour.
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      In your view of the world you would sue him or kill him because he doesn`t act like you because he doesn`t respect your traditions and your laws. He would do the same to you because it is you who doesn`t respect his rules, his traditions, his gods etc.. It is all about you view of the world and all about what you were told or you were taught. There is no universal truth, there is your version and his version and if you want to stop this behavior you have to show him, that his truth is not the right one. But you can`t force him, you have to teach him. You have to teach them from beginning and it will last decades before in changes. But first thing, you will have to free them from poverty. Without that they will only try to survive by any means even selling their 9 years old daughter to almost anyone who would pay. If you just try to find the way how to survive you don`t have time to think about humanity, human rights, they don`t have that level of luxury. You have so you can share and change their way of life. But you have to do something. Praying to some false god, does not matter which one will not help anyone. Only a man can help them.

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    maybe the us and un should invade these countries and right the wrongs commited in these long standing cultures.i mean we cant allow for the abuse and actrocites to continue maybe instead of focusing on whats wrong in our own country and fixing our own problems we can go and interfere with the rest of the world like always that is always

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      I detect a note of sarcasm, but YES, Why Not? At least we'd be ivading someone for a good cause. Whatever problems we have "at home" it is nothing compared to the suffering people in other parts of the world endure.

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    My wife is 28 years younger than me, of course she is nearly 30.

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    • EntoyDaDragoN

      So if you have a 12 yr old daughter (which children that age are not capable yet of making decissions for themselves about marriage) and a 70 yr old who finds her attractive and want to marry her, would you say yes to this?

      January 20, 2013 at 7:42 am | Reply
  523. EntoyDaDragoN

    Just like Mohammad married/raped Ayesha when she as 6. Then muslims would make an exscuse that the time back then is different from today. Still not a good exscuse to marry an innocent child.

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  524. Wanda

    anyone notice the story is a phony? the man is over 60 in that pic and the girl isnt even dark skinned muslim..its a model pic of a 15 yr old girl. the reporter is trying to make phoney headlines to get a promotion

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    understand people, the body is made to have children at age 11 it is the american culture that is trying to "liberate" women and keep them single and no reason is, that married women vote republican, single women vote in this country, it is the aim to do away with thousands of years of tradition, in order to elect a democrat president...period...thats all its can fool young single girls but not married women...

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  529. Lee

    Sorry I meant these are NOT cultural practices. Too tragic...

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    The body is certainly NOT ready to have children at 11. What medical books have you been reading? Just because a girl might start her period at 10-12 doesn't mean she is immediately ready to give birth.

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  544. Well ... lets look at this in other places and different times

    well this things was quite common every where just a few decades ago and well if we go back a century or two quite acceptable in most cultures and societies of the globe (irrelevant to their religious inclinations) I feel its important to have an un biased and non-selective approach to understand this which might still be common in that culture / society especially when its quite rampart in your own culture and society where 5 year olds are getting married in India and 13 yearolds in US ..

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      13 year olds don't get married in USA. You need to recheck your information. And we certainly don't have the lowest age in the world. There are other culture that allow marriage between ages 10 and 12. You're remark about USA is typical of muslims turning around the truth. But your info is only believable in YOUR mind. Everyone else is smart enough to know that you are full of crap. At least we don't degrade and beat our women.

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