This isn’t funny at all. From western to African through Asian cultures and grotesque traditions, we’ve come of age and some of us are still aging backwards. You can scroll around this blog and certainly will find several articles discussing marriage issues, big and small but this sort of marriage got me kicking horribly at the wall.
(CAIRO)While celebrating his eldest son’s lavish wedding, at which a number of famous singers and belly dancers performed, Nasser Hassan decided to “double the joy,” he later recalled. He announced that his son Omar would marry his cousin Gharam.
At the wedding, held in a province about 75 miles north of Cairo, the guests didn’t find it strange. Some would later tell Egypt’s Al Watan newspaper that there was “nothing inappropriate,” claiming that it was only “a wedding engagement, not a marriage”.
Omar is 12 years old. His fiancee, Gharam, is 11.
Egyptian laws prohibit official registration for marriages for anyone under the age of 18. But the practice remains prevalent. According to UNICEF, 17 percent of Egyptian girls are married before the age of 18, the vast majority of the unions taking place in rural areas.
But in the case of Omar and Gharam, their wedding engagement sparked outrage, particularly among child and women’s rights activists. The photos of the young couple – Omar in a blue suit, heavily made-up Gharam in a white dress, high heels, and wearing a tiara – splashed across newspapers in the country and heightened the anger. That was not all..