The wedding of a 13-year-old girl to a 48-year-old man in Mamasapano, Philippines, made an impact on social media not only because of the age of the bride, but also because she became the man’s fifth wife.
The farmer, as reported by media such as the Daily Mail and The Sun, said that he will pay “for his school because I want him to receive an education while he waits for the right moment to have children.”
For her part, the minor allegedly said she was not afraid of her husband “because he is kind to me. I’m learning to cook because now I’m not good at it. I want to make him happy ”.
According to data from Unicef, 15% of girls in Philippines
marry before the age of 18 and 2% before the age of 15.
In the Dominican Republic, meanwhile, there is a law that allows girls to be married from the age of 15 and an article of the Penal Code exempts from prison the man who extracts from home or makes a minor pregnant if he marries her.
Currently, the Constitutional Court is studying an unconstitutionality appeal that aims to veto these two legal provisions.