Atheist Republic 🔎 The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) noted that one in five girls worldwide, or 650 million women, were forced to marry as children.


Despite efforts by institutions such as the United Nations to put an end to child and forced marriages (CFM), they are still prevalent in many parts of the world. In a remote province in Pakistan, a woman and her family are putting up a fight against an outdated and illegal tradition of forced marriage in their village that has haunted her for much of her life.

When 25-year-old Inteha Bibi was engaged last year, she thought it was the happiest moment of her life, not only because she would get to marry the man of her choice but also because she thought she found freedom from a centuries-old tradition that threatened her life since she was 12 years old, when a man laid claim to her.

But her fiance and his family broke off the engagement within just a few months after a man who laid claim on Bibi when she was 12, Mahabat Khan, was trying to enforce a ghag on Bibi . . . 

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12-Year-Old Pakistani Girl's Battle Against Forced Marriage Shocks Community

Atheist Republic 🔎 The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) noted that one in five girls worldwide, or 650 million women, were forced to marry as children.


Despite efforts by institutions such as the United Nations to put an end to child and forced marriages (CFM), they are still prevalent in many parts of the world. In a remote province in Pakistan, a woman and her family are putting up a fight against an outdated and illegal tradition of forced marriage in their village that has haunted her for much of her life.

When 25-year-old Inteha Bibi was engaged last year, she thought it was the happiest moment of her life, not only because she would get to marry the man of her choice but also because she thought she found freedom from a centuries-old tradition that threatened her life since she was 12 years old, when a man laid claim to her.

But her fiance and his family broke off the engagement within just a few months after a man who laid claim on Bibi when she was 12, Mahabat Khan, was trying to enforce a ghag on Bibi . . . 

Continue reading @ Atheist Republic.

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