How Absurd! 6-Year-Old Twins In Buddhist Community Are Made To Get Married Due To Belief That They Were Lovers In Their Past Lives
Child marriage is a terrible thing, which is unfortunately still happening in a lot of countries; mostly poor and underdeveloped countries.
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Guitar and Kiwi’s story
It has been reported by Daily Mail that a twin brother and sister have tied the knot because their parents believe they were lovers in their past lives.
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The twin's father, Amornsan Sunthorn Malirat, 31, and their mother, Phacharaporn, 30, arranged a lavish ceremony that cost thousands of pounds for their children's wedding. They believe their union will settle the debt of ‘karma’ from their previous relationship.
'The reason for the marriage ceremony is because we believe that both the children used to be partners in the past life. We must arrange a wedding for the two twins as a solution to the issues they had before they were re-born. If they are married, they will live healthy and successful lives and not be sick.'
Guitar and Kiwi, both six years old, were given a very expensive Buddhist wedding ceremony, where Kiwi passed through the nine gates before Guitar placed a kiss on her cheek.
Guitar had to pay a dowry of 200,000 baht and gold, worth £1000, before the ceremony could take place.
Family and friends alike were seen dancing and celebrating with the newly wedded couple.
Despite their traditional union, the ceremony isn't legally binding as they are free to get married to whoever they choose in the future.
Sadly, child marriage is a menace still prevalent in our society.
It is real
As you can see, child marriage is a weighty issue. Unfortunately, most girls aren't like Kiwi, with the choice of better prospects in the future as they are forced into abusive, degrading marriages at such tender ages.
Studies from the International Center for Research on Women show that ⅓ of girls in developing countries are married before the age of 18, and one out of nine girls are married before the age of 15. If it continues this way, 150 million girls will be married before 18 over the next decade.
How then can child marriage be stopped?
There are many ways in which this menace can be put to an end. In addition to creating and enforcing laws to protect them, the following measures can be helpful:
1. Girls should be allowed to complete their education;
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2. Provision and financial help for low-income families, so they don’t have give their kids away in exchange for a dowry;
3. Encourage laws that protect children from early marriage.
Also, make donations to organizations that fight child marriage.
An eyesore to everyone
Luckily, it has been proven that society isn’t so tolerant of such vile act against children. A social experiment, which took place at New York Times Square, showed a 65-year old groom tying the knot with a 12-year-old bride.
People were angry at the situation and some even threatening to get the man arrested.
It's a good thing that we all recognize that child marriage is a terrible thing. However, it is still happening around the world.
Help spread awareness and save the life of a young child with the potential to be more than their social standing allow them to become.