The groom said he was happy to have married the teenager. The images showed him cradling and kissing her on the cheek.
Children are subjected to a lot of abuse. Unable to raise their voices, they are taken advantage of by adults who show no remorse in exploiting them. One man married a young teenager without considering her age. In addition to that, he also spoke of how happy he was to have married the young girl.
According to Mirror Online, a 13-year-old child was forced to marry a 48-year-old man in the town of Mamasapano in Maguindanao province in the Philippines. The images from the ceremony, that took place on 22 October 2020, showed the man cradling the teenager.
In another picture, the man was seen kissing the young girl on her cheek. The man was identified as Abdulrzak Ampatuan. The teenager, who is not named, became the fifth wife of the man after a long one-day ceremony.
Despite tying the knot with the girl more than 30 years younger than him, the man showed no remorse. He was happy and said his new wife would be in charge of taking care of his kids along with him.
He said, "I am happy to have found her and spend my days with her taking care of my children." He also went on to say that he was expecting to have kids with the teenager when she turns 20. He added that the teenager would be allowed to continue her education till she is ready to have children.
This incident is not a standalone event in the country of Philippines. According to the United Nations Children's Fund, the country has the 12th highest rate of child brides, accurately about 726,000 child brides.
In many parts of the world, a minor after her menstruation is considered ready for marriage. While Niger has the highest prevalence of child marriages, data shows Bangladesh has the highest marriages involving girls under the age of 15. 42 percent of this practice takes place in South Asia.
Shocking pictures show girl, 13, forced to marry man, 48, in the Philippines. He has children the same age as her.— UK Patriot (@BoerboelBritish) November 16, 2020
In some parts of the Philippines, the Muslim Law on Personal Status, based on Sharia law, allows marriage at the onset of puberty for girls.https://t.co/TCF5SzW1Zw
"Child marriage is a human rights violation that we must end to achieve a better future for all. Isolated and with limited freedom, married girls often feel disempowered. They are deprived of their fundamental rights to health, education, and safety," said London-based campaign group Girls Not Brides.
They added, "Child brides are neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers."
In February 2020, a photographer who was called to film a wedding involving a minor and an older adult punched the man after realizing the age of the girl.
Turkish wedding photographer Onur Albayrak was deeply disturbed when he saw the minor girl trembling with fear. He argued with the groom regarding the injustice and eventually assaulted the groom.
"Yes, the reports are correct. A child bride means child abuse, and no force in the world can make me photograph a child as a bride," said the man later on, according to Hurriyet Daily News.