Grossly underage marriages are far more common today than you think. In situations where the husband is much older, there is often frequent domestic abuse.
More than 100 million girls in the developing world will be married during the next 10 years.
Although the definition of child marriage includes boys, most children married under the age of 18 years are girls.
While the practice has decreased globally over the last 30 years, it remains common in rural areas and among the poorest of the poor.
In Southern Asia, 48%—nearly 10 million—of girls are married before the age of 18.
In Africa, 42% of girls were married before turning 18.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, 29% of girls are married by age 18.
Excerpt taken from http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/341/facts.html
What are you doing
Taking that life?
What are you thinking
This child is your wife?
What do you want
To control someone else?
Why do you beat her
With your leather belts?
To crush a spirit
Is that your game?
To rule over silence
A person with no name?
Then don’t call it marriage
Just call it slavery
With an overseer’s whip
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