In Lebanon Public wedding between 12-yr-old girl and elderly man sparks anger

Passers-by who saw what was going down reacted with anger accusing the groom of being a 'criminal', some reacted with confusion and others had looks of approval even going ahead to congratulate the couple

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Public wedding between 12-yr-old girl and elderly man sparks anger play

Passers-by who saw what was going down reacted with anger accusing the groom of being a 'criminal'

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A 12-yr-old girl dressed in a white wedding gown was captured on camera standing beside an elderly man old enough to be her grandfather dressed in a suit, they were both taking photos by the sea.

Public wedding between 12-yr-old girl and elderly man sparks anger play

Passers-by who saw what was going down reacted with anger accusing the groom of being a 'criminal'

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Passers-by who saw what was going down reacted with anger accusing the groom of being a 'criminal', some reacted with confusion and others had looks of approval even going ahead to congratulate the couple

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To passers-by who expressed their disgust  the groom replied: "This is none of your business. I got permission from her parents."

But the scene was a staged one and the bride and groom were actors hired by the KAFA - "enough" in Arabic - Violence & Exploitation campaign in Lebanon.

Public wedding between 12-yr-old girl and elderly man sparks anger play

Passers-by who saw what was going down reacted with anger accusing the groom of being a 'criminal'

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The video which has gathered over 1.7 million views was to shed more light on child marriages and how little girls are being forced into marriages with much older men against their will.

READ: 8-yr-old girl weds 28-yr-old man in Zaria

According to KAFA nearly 15 million girls - some as young as eight or nine - are forced into marriage each year. The UNFP has also estimated that an additional 1.2 billion girls will be forced into child marriage by 2050.

Public wedding between 12-yr-old girl and elderly man sparks anger play

Passers-by who saw what was going down reacted with anger accusing the groom of being a 'criminal'

(YouTube)

 

"The scene [video] was supposed to seem shocking because the practice itself is shocking," said KAFA's communications coordinator, Maya Ammar.

In some areas of Lebanon, parents can give older men permission to marry their daughters as young as nine years but without parental permission, these girls can marry as young as 14.

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