A 13-year-old boy has married his teenage wife in China.
In an unsettling video which surfaced online, the 13-year-old boy and his pregnant girlfriend, also aged 13, were seen apparently tying the knot.
According to reports gathered, the marriage took place in a village in China and in a province called Hainan Province, in the month of June.
As at the time of the release of the video up until now online users have been expressing controversies that the couple is too young to look after each other.
An official from Ding’an County, the jurisdiction under which the marriage took place, said the couple was too young to register their marriage.
As an alternative, their families then arranged a ceremony to seal their union. The teenagers, who were clad in red outfits, bowed to heaven, their in-laws and to each other.
Despite the online controversy that the marriage sparked, the teenagers’ families looked excited. Although legal marriage age in China is 20 for women and 22 for men, child marriages are reportedly common.
Critic has partly blamed the practice on China’s one-child policy, which has resulted in more men than women. This has reportedly forced many Chinese parents to marry off their children at a young age in a bid to sidestep competition and continue their bloodline.
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